House Bill 2980

H. B. 2980

(By Delegates Householder, A. Evans, Hamilton, Overington,
Hill and Cadle)

[Introduced February 24, 2015; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]

A BILL to repeal §61-7-3 and §61-7-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §20-2-6a of said code; and to amend and reenact §61-7-4 of said code, all relating to the right to bear arms in West Virginia; providing that a concealed weapon license is not required when carrying a concealed handgun for self defense while hunting, hiking, camping or in a motor vehicle; repealing criminal penalty provision for carrying a deadly weapon without license or other authorization; repealing provision relating to exceptions to prohibitions against carrying concealed handguns and from licensing fees; removing requirement that a holder of a license to carry a deadly weapon carry a state issued identification with the weapons license while carrying a concealed weapon and the criminal penalty for violation; and providing the availability of a license does not create a general prohibition on the unlicensed transport or carrying of a deadly weapon.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide additional rights to bear arms in West Virginia. The bill provides that a concealed weapon license is not required when carrying a concealed handgun for self defense while hunting, hiking, camping or in a motor vehicle. It repeals the criminal penalty provision for carrying a deadly weapon without license or other authorization and repeals the provision relating to exceptions to prohibitions against carrying concealed handguns and from licensing fees. The bill removes the requirement that a holder of a license to carry a deadly weapon carry a state issued identification with the weapons license while carrying a concealed weapon and the criminal penalty for violation. And the bill provides that the availability of a license does not create a general prohibition on the unlicensed transport or unlicensed carrying of a deadly weapon.