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West Virginia: Permitless Carry Legislation Introduced

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

West Virginia: Permitless Carry Legislation Introduced

On Tuesday, January 19, state Delegate Saira Blair introduced House Bill 4145, legislation that would allow a law-abiding individual, who is 21 years of age or older, to lawfully carry a concealed handgun for self-defense without needing to first obtain a government-issued permit.  HB 4145 also addresses a current deficiency in state law that prohibits an individual who is between the ages of 18 and 21 from obtaining a concealed weapon permit.  HB 4145 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

Under the provisions of House Bill 4145, an individual who is over the age of 21, a citizen or legal resident of the United States and who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm, may lawfully exercise their fundamental right to self-defense by carrying a concealed handgun, without having to first undergo the time-consuming permitting process.    HB 4145 also creates a new "provisional" permit that will be available for individuals between the ages of 18 and 21.  This provisional permit recognizes that all trained, law-abiding adults should have the ability to protect themselves when confronted with imminent harm. 

The provisional concealed weapon permit will be available at a reduced price for individuals who are over the age of 18.  It will expire when the licensee turns 21.  Otherwise, the requirements for obtaining the provisional permit will mirror West Virginia's current permitting process, including a training requirement. 

The new provisional permit is a separate permit that will be readily distinguishable from West Virginia's regular concealed weapon permit.  It will not affect reciprocity with states that currently recognize West Virginia's regular concealed weapon permit. 

Similar legislation, Senate Bill 314, was introduced today in the West Virginia Senate by state Senator Dave Sypolt. SB 314 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Both bills are awaiting a scheduled hearing date in their respective committees.  Please contact members of the House Judiciary and Senate Judiciary committees as well as your state Delegate and state Senator, and express your support for expanding concealed weapon rights in West Virginia.  Also, please continue to check NRAILA.org for updates on the progression of this important legislation. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 on second reading.

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Today, March 21, the provisions of the critical self-defense legislation, Sub. Senate Bill 199, go into effect.  Thanks to your active involvement last session, this bill was signed by Governor Kasich last December.  This law ...

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Yesterday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 by a 97-41 vote.

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Yesterday, March 20, the Idaho Senate passed House Bill 93 by a 35-0 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Don Cheatham (R-3B) and sponsored on the floor by state Senator Marv Hagedorn (R-14), HB 93 would amend current law ...

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249.  SB 724 is now headed to the ...

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Yesterday, March 21, the Senate passed anti-gun Senate Bill 115 with a 12-9 vote.  SB 115 was sent to the Assembly for further consideration.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list ...

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Are Ear Plugs Better Than a Suppressor?

On March 13, the gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, posted a tweet claiming:  “FACT:  Silencers do not protect your hearing.”  An infographic accompanied the tweet with the additional claim “You know what protects ...

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

On Monday, March 27, the Texas Senate will convene after 2:00pm and is expected to take up and consider Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston).

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Tonight, Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 198 into law.

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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.