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West Virginia: Pro-Hunting and Pro-Gun Bills Progress

Monday, March 27, 2017

West Virginia: Pro-Hunting and Pro-Gun Bills Progress

Tomorrow, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will hear Senate Bill 345.  SB 345, sponsored by state Senator Mark Maynard (R-6), seeks to expand Sunday hunting opportunities on private land with written permission.  Please contact the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and urge them to SUPPORT SB 345.

Currently, West Virginia allows hunting on Sundays in some counties on some private land.  SB 345 would remove this confusing patchworkWhile hunting is restricted in West Virginia in certain counties on Sundays, other activities such as fishing, hiking and target shooting remain perfectly legal on the seventh day of the week.  Between work, school and other obligations, Sunday hunting bans work to discourage hunting at a time when hunter recruitment and participation must be encouraged in order to save our hunting heritage.  Restrictions on Sunday hunting effectively treat hunters as second-class citizens and tacitly endorse the view of animal extremists that there is something wrong with hunting.

Again, please contact the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and urge them to SUPPORT SB 345.


In addition, your NRA-ILA is closely monitoring three other pro-gun bills:

Senate Bill 388 unanimously passed out of the West Virginia Senate.  Sponsored by state Senator Dave Sypolt (R-14), SB 388 would allow law-abiding citizens in possession of a concealed firearm to transport the firearm onto school property while dropping off or picking up students, as long as the firearm does not leave the motor vehicle.  Current West Virginia law prevents firearms from being carried or transported onto school property, including by those who don’t step foot out of their car.  Individuals who are legally allowed to carry a firearm for self-defense should not be barred from doing so while dropping off or picking up their kids from school.  SB 388 now heads to the House of Delegates where it will await a committee referral.

Senate Bill 575, sponsored by state Senator Charles Trump (R-15), protects sport shooting ranges from frivolous law suits and noise complaints.  SB 575 seeks to protect sport shooting ranges from legal actions which aim to restrict or prohibit range usage.  In the past, anti-gun activists have used frivolous law suits and noise complaints to put legally operating sport shooting ranges out of business.  If a range is in full compliance with the law, it should not be subjected to unreasonable court fees, hiatus or closure.  SB 575 has been assigned to and is waiting for consideration from the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 2679, sponsored by Delegate Amy Summers (R-49), would allow a law-abiding person to carry a firearm in any state, county, or Municipal Park or other recreation area.  This legislation would remove the ability for park commissions to prohibit carrying in parks by rules or ordinance.  Law-abiding West Virginians who choose to carry a concealed handgun in a park should not need to worry about a confusing patchwork of firearm regulations throughout the state.  HB 2679 was recently assigned to the Senate Judiciary committee and is awaiting their consideration.

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