Please consider attending tomorrow’s hearing to show your support for SB 347!
As previously reported, Senate Bill 347, a bill that would recognize your right to legally carry concealed without having to obtain a Concealed Handgun License (CHL), will be heard tomorrow in the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing will take place at 8:30 A.M. in the House Chamber, and it is critical that you attend and voice your support for this important Right to Carry legislation.
This permitless carry legislation 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.
Please show the members of the Committee the strong support their constituents have for SB 347 and attend tomorrow’s hearing. Also, please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and politely urge them to SUPPORT SB 347. Please forward this email to friends, family and fellow gun owners throughout West Virginia and urge them to do the same!
House Judiciary Committee Members:
Delegate Shott (R-Mercer, 27), Chairman
Delegate Patrick Lane (R-Kanawha, 38, Vice-Chairman
Delegate Tim Manchin (D-Marion, 50)
Delegate Stephen Skinner (D-Jefferson, 67)
Delegate Mike Azinger (R-Wood, 10)
Delegate Frank Deem (R-Wood, 10)
Delegate Tom Fast (R-Fayette, 32)
Delegate Michael Folk (R-Berkeley, 63)
Delegate Geoff Foster (R-Putnam, 15)
Delegate Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay, 33)
Delegate Lynwood Ireland (R-Ritchie, 07)
Delegate John McCuskey (R-Kanawha, 35)
Delegate John Overington (R-Berkeley, 62)
Delegate Kelli Sobonya (R-Cabell, 18)
Delegate Amy Summers (R-Taylor, 49)
Delegate Terry Waxman (R-Harrison, 48)
Delegate Ryan Weld (R-Brooke, 02)
Delegate Brad White (R-Kanawha, 36)
Delegate Andrew Byrd (D-Kanawha, 35)
Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer (D-Monongalia, 51)
Delegate Shawn Fluharty (D-Ohio, 03)
Delegate Kenneth Hicks (D-Wayne, 19)
Delegate Dana Lynch (D-Webster, 44)
Delegate Clif Moore (D-McDowell, 26)
Delegate Larry Rowe (D-Kanawha, 36)