This week, multiple pro-gun and pro-hunting bills that were signed into law by Governor Jim Justice take effect. Those bills include:
Senate Bill 575, sponsored by state Senator Charles Trump (R-15), protects sport shooting ranges from frivolous lawsuits and noise complaints. This measure will shield sport shooting ranges from legal actions which aim to restrict or prohibit range usage. In the past, anti-gun activists have used frivolous lawsuits 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. (Effective July 3)
House Bill 2679, sponsored by Delegate Amy Summers (R-49), allows a law-abiding person to carry a firearm in any state, county, or Municipal Park or other recreation area. This legislation removes 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 expands Sunday hunting opportunities on private land with written permission similar to the provisions that were in SB 345. (Effective July 7)
Senate Bill 388, sponsored by state Senator Dave Sypolt (R-14), allows law-abiding citizens in possession of a concealed firearm permit to transport a firearm onto school property while dropping off or picking up students, as long as the firearm does not leave the motor vehicle. Before, West Virginia law prevents loaded 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. (Effective July 7)
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