Today, the West Virginia state Senate passed House Bill 4187 with a 31-1 vote. HB 4187 will now return to the House of Delegates for concurrence.
House Bill 4187, sponsored by Delegate Geoff Foster (R-Putnam), will allow lawful owners of firearms to transport or store their firearms in locked, privately-owned motor vehicles without fear of civil liability, criminal liability or employer retribution. Throughout the country, many employers and business owners have adopted "No Firearms" policies that extend beyond the physical workplace or building to include parking lots – areas often accessible to the general public and not secure. In order to comply with these policies, many law-abiding gun owners must choose between protecting themselves during their commutes and being subject to termination by their employer. The fundamental right to self-defense should not stop simply because you park your car in a publicly accessible parking lot owned by your employer or a business owner.
Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this legislation and others affecting your Second Amendment rights in West Virginia.