West Virginia: Governor signs preemption bill into law

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Governor Jim Justice signed SB 96, a gun violence expansion bill to strengthen the preemption law in West Virginia.

NRA strategy

The NRA never considers gun safety with the bills they support. In this case, they work for the convenience of gun owners, not for the safety of citizens. This is what they said in their message to members:

SB 96 prevents municipalities from restricting a number of tools that law-abiding citizens carry with them every day.

The bill

  • Senate Bill 96 is a preemption bill. It takes away the freedom of local communities to ban guns from certain areas. Towns and cities lose their freedom to guns from places like schools or parks. 👎 Dislike

March 25, 2020

West Virginia: Governor calls gun stores essential

Republican Governor Jim Justice designated gun stores and suppliers as “Essential Businesses and Operations.” They don’t have to be shut down during the coronavirus emergency. This means that during this pandemic emergency, anyone desperate for food can still purchase a gun and use it to take food away from someone they know is without a gun.

The Governor also signed HB 4955. This bill reduces the fee for a License to Carry a Deadly Weapon from $75 to $25 dollars.

NRA strategy

This is the statement the NRA sent to their members indicating HB 4955 is all to save gun owners some money. No consideration was given to saving money from a reduction in gun violence:

This fee reduction helps ensure that West Virginians of any financial means are able to defend themselves when traveling.

The bills

  • Executive Order No. 9-20 excludes gun suppliers and retailers from the emergency coronavirus shutdown calling them “Essential Businesses and Operations.” 👎 Dislike
  • House Bill 4955 reduces the fee for a concealed weapons license from $75 to $25. 👎 Dislike

Action

Please call the office of Governor Justice (304.558.2000). Say that you are discourage he was influenced by the NRA to allow gun stores to remain open during the coronavirus emergency. More guns in the hands of dangerous people does not make us safer.

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  • Adding a simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible. Make sure you include your full name and address.

March 8, 2020

West Virginia: Pro-gun enthusiasts beat us

The West Virginia yearly legislative session ended this week. No gun violence prevention bills ever had a chance. And unfortunately, two NRA bills were signed by the Governor and passed into law. Both laws address the convenience of gun owners and ignore gun safety measures.

The bills

  • House Bill 4955 reduces the fee for a concealed weapons license from $75 to $25. 👎 Dislike
  • Senate Bill 96 is a preemption bill. It takes away the freedom of local communities to ban guns from certain areas. Towns and cities lose their freedom to guns from places like schools or parks. 👎 Dislike

March 3, 2020

West Virginia: Reduced gun carry license fee moves to the Governor

The West Virginia legislature completed passage of the bill to reduce fees for a concealed weapons permit. The bill moves to the Governor’s desk for a final signature.

NRA strategy to fight gun safety

The NRA alerted their members to contact the Governor and urge him to sign this bill. The NRA is pushing this bill to improve the convenience of gun owners with no concern for gun safety.

The bill

  • House Bill 4955 reduces the fee for a concealed weapons license from $75 to $25.

Action

Please call or email the office Governor Justice. Urge him to veto HB 4955. A bill makes it easier for dangerous people to get a concealed weapons license.

  • To find your representative and senator’s phone and email, enter your address at Who are My Representatives.
  • Make sure you include your full name and address. Adding a simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible.

March 2, 2020

West Virginia: Preemption bill moves to Governor’s desk

Today, Feb 2, the West Virginia legislature passed the preemption bill and sent it to the Governor for final signature. This is the last chance to stop this bill by urging Governor Justice to veto it. The bill will take away the freedom of communities to make their own gun ordinances. For example, they will no longer be able to ban guns at protests and parades.

NRA strategy to fight gun safety

The NRA alerted their members to contact the Governor and urge him to sign this bill. The NRA is pushing this bill to improve the convenience of gun owners with no concern for gun safety.

The bill

  • Senate Bill 96 is a preemption bill. It would take away the freedom of local communities to ban guns from certain areas. Towns and cities wouldn’t be able to ban guns from places like schools or parks. [bad]

Action

Please call or email the office Governor Justice. Urge him to veto SB 96. A bill that takes away the freedom of committees to make their schools and parks safe, all for the convenience of gun owners.

  • To find your representative and senator’s phone and email, enter your address at Who are My Representatives.
  • Make sure you include your full name and address. Adding a simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible.

Feb 28, 2020

West Virginia: Fee reduction bill goes to the full State Senate

The West Virginia Senate Finance Committee voted favorably on a bill to reduce License to Carry Deadly Weapons fees. This bill gives gun holders a small break in fees at a big cost to society for the violence committed by guns.

NRA fights gun safety

The NRA alerted their members to contact their Virginia State Senator to support this bill.

The bill

  • House Bill 4955 reduces the fee for the LCDW license from $75 to $25. This would make guns more available to more potentially unqualified and dangerous people. 👎

Action

Please call or email the office of Virginia State Senator. Ask that they oppose HB 4955. This is an NRA sponsored bill that only benefits gun holders, many of whom will commit crimes.

  • To find your representative and senator’s phone and email, enter your address at Who are My Representatives.
  • Make sure you include your full name and address. Adding simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible.

Februrary 25, 2020

West Virginia: Committee hearing on reducing gun license fees

The West Virginia Senate Finance Committee will soon be taking testimony on a bill to reduce License to Carry Deadly Weapons fees. The cost of gun violence to society is astronomical. Why give gun holders a break in fees and make guns easier to access for people who shouldn’t have them.

The bill

  • House Bill 4955 reduces the fee for the LCDW license from $75 to $25. This would make guns more available to more potentially unqualified and dangerous people. 👎

Action

Please email the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Craig Blair, craig.blair@wvsenate.gov. Ask the committee to oppose HB 2955. Making gun licenses cheaper only makes guns more available to dangerous people.


February 11, 2020

West Virginia: Bill to restrict freedom bill before the full House

A preemption bill is before the full West Virginia State House for a vote at any time. Preemption laws prevent any community from making their own gun restrictions. The idea is that somehow, forcing guns to be everywhere makes communities safer.

NRA pressure on legislators pushed the bill through the Senate. Only with concerned citizen’s calls can emails can we counteract gunners and make West Virginia safer.

The bill

  • Senate Bill 96 is a preemption bill. It would take away the freedom of local communities to ban guns from certain areas. Towns and cities wouldn’t be able to ban guns from places like schools or parks. [bad]

Action

Please call or email the office of your West Virginia State Representative. Ask them to oppose SB 96 which would preempt my community’s liberty to determine our own gun restricted areas.


January 31, 2020

West Virginia: Bill is progressing to take away a community’s freedom

The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee will meet on February 3rd to discuss Senate Bill 96, a preemption bill. Preemption laws prevent local communities from making their own gun restrictions.

Preemption laws threaten fines and imprisonment if a local rule making group decided restrict guns from an area. Many pro-gun groups are fighting for this bill. The NRA asked members to contact committee members to support this bill. An email from gun violence prevention citizens would offset pro-gun pressure on legislators.

The bill

  • Senate Bill 96 would prevent any town or city from making its own gun restrictions. For example, they wouldn’t be allowed to keep guns away from schools or parks. 👎

Action

Please email the office of the West Virginia Judiciary Committee Chairman, Charles Trump (charles.trump@wvsenate.gov). Urge him to oppose SB 96 which would further restrict the freedom of local communities to determine their own places where guns are not allowed.

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