Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

West Virginia: Permitless Carry Legislation Passes the Senate

Friday, February 27, 2015

West Virginia: Permitless Carry Legislation Passes the Senate

In a critical step towards having permitless carry enacted into law, Senate Bill 347 passed the full Senate today by a 32 to 2 vote.

During the process towards passage today, three unnecessary and misleading amendments were offered by state Senator Mike Romano (D-12) on the Senate floor that would have intruded into and hindered the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners. 

Thanks to common sense and bipartisan support, these three amendments were overwhelmingly defeated.

SB 347, introduced by state Senator Dave Sypolt (R-14), would recognize your right to legally carry a concealed firearm without the requirement of having to obtain a costly and time-restrictive Concealed Handgun License (CHL).  This is a necessary update to concealed carry statutes in West Virginia, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones.  In West Virginia, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.  However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, he or she would need to possess a concealed pistol permit. 

SB 347 gives you the freedom to choose the best method of carrying, based on your attire, gender and/or physical attributes.  Also critically important, this legislation would keep in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that West Virginia has with other states across the country.

SB 347 now heads to the state House of Delegates for consideration. We expect this bill to be assigned to committee in the coming days and a hearing soon to follow.

Former New York City Mayor and billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, along with his anti-gun groups and agenda, has made his presence known in Charleston in the last few days. The overwhelming support from the Senate today is just the first step toward this common sense legislation becoming law. However, we cannot begin to take this first victory for granted.  Members are encouraged to call and email their state Delegate TODAY, and respectfully let them know that you fully support SB 347 without amendments. 

This NRA-backed bill stands to benefit law-abiding gun owners throughout West Virginia. Thank you to all of our members for their continued support of this bill. Passage of SB 347 could not have been done without your thousands of calls and emails.

Your NRA would also like to thank those Senators who sponsored and co-sponsored this critical legislation.

 

Sponsors of Senate Bill 347:

Senator Dave Sypolt (R-14)
(304) 357-7914
Dave.sypolt@wvsenate.gov

Senator Robert Beach (D-13)
(304) 357-357
Bob.beach@wvsenate.gov  

Senator Craig Blair (R-15)
(304) 357-7867
craig@craigblair.com

Senator Ryan Ferns (R-1)
(304) 357-7918
Ryan.ferns@wvsenate.gov  

Senator Ed Gaunch (R-8)
(304) 357-7841
Ed.gaunch@wvsenate.gov   

Senator Daniel Hall (R-9)
(304) 357-7807
Daniel.hall@wvsenate.gov  

Senator Robert Karnes (R-11)
(304) 357-7906
Robert.karnes@wvsenate.gov  

Senator Kent Leonhardt (R-2)
(304) 357-7827
Kent.leonhardt@wvsenate.gov  

Senator Mark Maynard (R-6)
(304) 357-7808
Mark.maynard@wvsenate.gov 

Senator Bob Williams (D-14)
(304) 357-7995
Bob.williams@wvsenate.gov   

TRENDING NOW
Pittsburgh Mayor Declares Intent to Ban Guns in Violation of State Law

News  

Friday, December 14, 2018

Pittsburgh Mayor Declares Intent to Ban Guns in Violation of State Law

Yesterday, we reported that it was likely that sweeping gun control measures would be proposed in Pittsburgh. Today, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto held a press conference to propose a trio of anti-gun city ordinances that, if enacted, would constitute ...

Stealing Rights and Property in Steel City? Pittsburgh Reportedly Considering Sweeping Gun Control

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Stealing Rights and Property in Steel City? Pittsburgh Reportedly Considering Sweeping Gun Control

The NRA has received copies of what are reported to be draft ordinances being considered by the Pittsburgh City Council to enact sweeping gun control measures within the city.

News Flash: Michael Bloomberg Not a Fan of the First Amendment, Either

News  

Friday, December 14, 2018

News Flash: Michael Bloomberg Not a Fan of the First Amendment, Either

Michael Bloomberg, former NYC mayor and billionaire patron of the Nanny State, may be gearing up for the presidential race in 2020. He gave the idea of running as an independent candidate “serious consideration” in ...

California Department of Justice Releases First Set of Proposed Ammunition Sales Regulations

Friday, December 14, 2018

California Department of Justice Releases First Set of Proposed Ammunition Sales Regulations

Today, the California Department of Justice released the first in a series of regulatory proposals regarding the mandatory background check process when purchasing ammunition, which is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2019.

Misleading Headlines and the Murder Rate

News  

Friday, December 14, 2018

Misleading Headlines and the Murder Rate

We hear a lot about “fake news.” We regularly see data miscoded and statistics misused. What we have seen several times over the last several months does not really fit any of those categories.

Guns and Taxes

News  

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Guns and Taxes

David Hogg wants a federal tax on firearms and ammunition. He has repeatedly broached the idea, including multiple times on Twitter, and only sometimes suggests a use for the tax revenue. Hogg’s tweets on a ...

“This Hollow Display of Security” – Canada’s Liberal Government Presses for Even More Gun Control

News  

Friday, December 14, 2018

“This Hollow Display of Security” – Canada’s Liberal Government Presses for Even More Gun Control

Speaking in Montreal this month on the anniversary of the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique tragedy, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed his government’s plans to further restrict legal access to handguns and “assault weapons” and refused to rule ...

Washington: Anti-Gun Group Announces 2019 Agenda

Friday, December 7, 2018

Washington: Anti-Gun Group Announces 2019 Agenda

On December 5th, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a group backed by out-of-state elites, announced it will pursue its most extreme anti-gun legislative agenda to date during the upcoming 2019 Washington Legislative Session.

More Proof That Being a “Celebrity” Does Not Make You Smart

News  

Thursday, December 6, 2018

More Proof That Being a “Celebrity” Does Not Make You Smart

In a November 30 tweet, Tom Arnold, famous for being married to Roseanne Barr and making a few really bad movies, has proven that he knows nothing about guns, gun owners or firearm misuse.

Checks and Balances? Massachusetts Executive Branch Flouts Court Orders on Firearms Licenses

News  

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Checks and Balances? Massachusetts Executive Branch Flouts Court Orders on Firearms Licenses

The U.S.’s republican form of governance is predicated on co-equal branches of government that check and balance each other in order to preserve individual liberty. The system does not work when one branch simply ignores ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.