On February 17th, the House of Delegates voted unanimously to pass House Bill 4955 to reduce the application fee for a License to Carry Deadly Weapons (LCDW). It will now go to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration. In addition, Senate Bill 96, to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law, is now before the House Political Subdivisions Committee.
Please use the “Take Action” button below to ask committee members to support these pro-gun reforms before them. The button will redirect you to a second action, so be sure to click through that one as well.
House Bill 4955 reduces the current $75 fee for a LCDW to $25 and eliminates the fee for honorably discharged military veterans. West Virginia already allows law-abiding adults to carry a handgun to defend themselves without first having to pay fees or obtain government permission, but that ends at the state line. Many West Virginians still choose to get a LCDW in order to exercise their right to carry in other states that recognize West Virginia’s permit. This fee reduction helps ensure that West Virginians of any financial means are able to defend themselves when traveling.
Senate Bill 96 prevents municipalities from restricting a number of tools that law-abiding citizens carry with them every day. Preemption legislation is designed to stop municipalities from creating a patchwork of different laws that turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal for simply crossing a jurisdictional line.
Again, please contact committee members and ask them to support these pro-gun reforms.