CHARLESTON, WV – All too often, gun owners find themselves trapped between the laws of a state and a maze of confusing and inconsistent local rules imposed by anti-gun municipalities. In West Virginia, that’s especially true.
HB 2760, a bill by Delegate Rupert Phillips, Jr., would fix that problem by eliminating laws that are inconsistent with the State’s, such as by:
- ending the three day waiting period for all firearms purchases in Charleston;
- getting rid of firearm registration in Charleston;
- eliminating the one handgun a month limit in Charleston;
- removing rules that prohibit open carry in Charleston, Martinsburg, and Dunbar;
- invalidating laws prohibiting firearm possession on city property in Charleston, Martinsburg, and Dunbar; and
- invalidating all other local gun ordinances in all other WV cities and counties.
The law, if passed, would also impose tough penalties on local governments who try and circumvent the law.
“In a year where we’re having to fight tooth and nail to hold ground in some battleground states, HB 2760 represents an opportunity for gun owners to score a touchdown for civil rights,” said Brandon Combs, managing director of Firearms Policy Coalition. “Gun owners need to take 2 minutes and send a clear message of support for HB 2760 to the West Virginia Senate. The time to act is right now, today.”
“HB 2760 is the strongest pro-gun bill to move in our legislature in 20 years,” said Keith Morgan, president of the gun-rights group West Virginia Citizens Defense League. “It’s time for the Legislature to restore sanity in West Virginia gun laws and pass this badly-needed preemption measure.”
FPC has made it fast, easy, and painless for gun owners everywhere to send every West Virginia senator a message: just go to http://www.firearmspolicy.org/the-issues/west-virginia/hb-2760, complete a short form, and press ‘Submit’.
“Charleston Mayor Danny Jones and his cronies in the Senate are fighting us tooth and nail, but we can beat them to this punch if gun owners step up and take action to call, email, and fax the Senate to support HB 2760,” concluded Morgan.
Firearms Policy Coalition is a project of Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and The Calguns Foundation (CGF). FPC offers an agile, effective, and scalable vehicle for advocacy, education, and grassroots action to advance Second Amendment civil rights.
WVCDL is a nonpartisan, nonprofit all-volunteer, grassroots organization of concerned West Virginians who support our individual right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use, as protected by the state constitution and the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. WVCDL is a tax-exempt organization under § 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.