From Keith Morgan, President, WVCDL (West Virginia Citizens Defense League)
3-22 Carry (SB347) Passes House Judiciary
WVCDL members and supporters, thanks to your efforts, 3-22 (constitutional or permitless) carry has passed a major legislative hurdle. It passed the House Judiciary Committee yesterday by a vote of 21-3.
Multiple amendments designed to poison the bill were shot down on 16-8 votes.
The bill is a committee substitute, and there are some changes from the senate version. So I will provide a summary of the bill as it stands now.
If the bill passes in its current form:
- The CHL licensing system remains completely intact so that we may take advantage of reciprocity agreements and carry in other states.
- Anyone over the age of 21 may carry openly or concealed without paying fees and obtaining a Concealed Handgun License, provided they are not prohibited from owning firearms.
- Anyone over the age of 18 who is a member of the Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserves, or National Guard may carry openly or concealed without paying fees and obtaining a Concealed Handgun License
- The prohibitions of openly carrying a loaded handgun in a car, or in the woods of the state are removed. This will now be permissible without the "gotchas" in the Natural Resources laws.
- A longarm will be considered unloaded in a vehicle (thus legal) as long as the magazine is removed, and the chamber is clear. Meaning, you can't be charged with poaching for having a detached mag with some rounds in it.
- If a sheriff wrongfully denies your CHL, you may obtain reasonable court costs and fees if you take your appeal to Circuit Court and win your case.
- If you move to another county, the Sheriff must issue you a new CHL with your new license, and your original expiration date for a fee of $5.00
This bill is a HUGE win for West Virginians if we can get it to the governor in its current form. Stay tuned as it heads for a vote on the floor of the House.
Please contact your Delegate and ask them to support SB347!
Please read the Full Text of SB347
If you would like to use a sample email that you can copy paste, Randy Barnhart, WVCDL member, has drafted a simple one up. You may also use this as a transcript when making a call in support of SB347
Dear Delegate :
I am writing you today in support of SB347, as amended by the House Judiciary Committee. I understand you receive numerous emails on this, and other subjects, so I will keep my comments brief.
I am a constituent of your district and after reading the full text of SB347, I have formed an educated and informed opinion regarding the bill. Without going into great detail, I support this bill for numerous reasons. Some of which are:
- This bill removes the requirement that forces a West Virginia resident, who is not otherwise prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, to purchase a license to bear arms in a concealed manner.
- This bill also removes the requirement that forces a West Virginia resident, who is not otherwise prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, to purchase a license to bear arms while in a vehicle conducting their daily business.
- This bill retains our current licensing system, which allows West Virginians who choose to travel out of state the ability to enjoy the reciprocity agreements we have with other states.
The Constitution of West Virginia spells out explicitly that "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use." This legislative session will be remembered as one that affirmed the individual right to bear arms as best fit their circumstance. Over the years, the right to keep and bear arms has been chipped away little by little. This bill takes a big step to restoring and affirming a basic, fundamental right of West Virginians. That being the right to bear arms in a way that best suits the individuals need. I urge you to vote in favor of the bill, and to reject any additional amendments.
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