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West Virginia: Three Pro-Gun Bills Pass Legislature and Await Governor’s Signature

Posted on the 13 March 2014 by Mikeb302000
The 2014 West Virginia legislative session adjourned on Saturday, March 8.  This session saw numerous advances, especially the passage through both the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates of three pro-firearms bills. The below bills, all of which were previously reported here, are now awaiting signature into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D). Senate Bill 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), is a statewide firearms preemption bill which will bring Charleston and three other cities that currently have and enforce local gun control ordinances into uniformity with the rest of the state. House Bill 4186, sponsored by Delegate Rupie Phillips (D-24), will clarify and make uniform the language of West Virginia’s concealed carry statutes. House Bill 4431, sponsored by Delegate Randy Swartzmiller (D-1), will clarify the distinction between hunters and shooters in the field and would allow shooters who are in possession of a firearm, in or near the woods, to be protected from unnecessary interference by a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officer based solely on possession of a firearm. I guess the first one's a pretty big deal.  What do you think?

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