Senate Bill No. 347

Senate Bill No. 347

ENROLLED
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
FOR
Senate Bill No. 347

(Senators Sypolt, Beach, Blair,
Gaunch, D. Hall, Karnes, Leonhardt,
Maynard, Williams and Ferns original sponsors)
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[Passed March 13, 2015; in effect ninety days from passage.] ____________

ANN ACT to amend and reenact §20-2-5 and §20-2-6a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §61-7-3, §61-7-4 and §61-7-6 of said code; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-7-7a, all relating to creating the West Virginia Firearms Act of 2015; providing that one not prohibited from possessing firearms may carry a deadly weapon for self-defense while in the woods of this state; establishing that if a magazine is detached and no cartridges remain in a rifle or shotgun, that rifle or shotgun is considered unloaded; removing the requirement of a license to carry a concealed handgun afield; establishing that criminal penalties for carrying a concealed deadly weapon without state license or other lawful authorization applies to persons under twenty-one years of age; establishing that when a concealed handgun license holder moves to another county within the state, unless the sheriff of the new county determines that person is no longer eligible for a concealed deadly weapon license, the sheriff shall issue a new license and providing for a fee to do so; removing the requirement that a concealed weapons licensee carry state-issued photo identification when carrying a concealed weapon; removing criminal penalties for failure to carry state-issued photo identification when carrying a concealed weapon; providing that active duty members of the United States armed forces, National Guard or United States armed forces reserves are not subject to the criminal penalties for carrying a concealed deadly weapon without license or lawful authorization; removing exemption for certain judicial officers, prosecutors and staff from deadly weapon licensing and application fees; providing enhanced penalties for use of a firearm during commission of a felony; and excepting enhanced penalties in certain circumstances when a firearm is used in defense of self or others.

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  • United States Senator Joe Manchin, a self-described “card-carrying life member of the NRA and Second Amendment advocate,” has come out in swinging in opposition to West Virginia Senate Bill 347, a measure that would allow law-abiding West Virginians to exercise their fundamental, individual Second Amendment rights.

    Make sure all your friends know the truth about “Traitor Joe.”