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A constitutional carry bill is set to be considered and voted on in the West Virginia Senate today.

Sponsored by Delegate Saira Blair (R-Berkeley),  House Bill 4145 “recognizes that self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate.  Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend himself or herself in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes,” the NRA said in a statement.

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While HB 4145 calls for permitless carry, those between the ages of 18 to 21 would still be required to get a concealed carry permit.

“The provisions of HB 4145 only apply to an individual who is: (1) at least 21 years of age; (2) a United States citizen or legal resident of the United States; and (3) not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law,” the NRA says. “If a convicted violent criminal or drug dealer possesses a concealed deadly weapon in West Virginia, they are committing a state and federal felony and will spend up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.  Furthermore, if a criminal uses a firearm during the commission of a felony, that individual will face an additional 10 years in prison.  Law-enforcement officers have the ability to nearly instantaneously verify whether an individual who possesses a firearm is a criminal.  HB 4145 only protects the rights of law-abiding individuals.

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Currently, only Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Vermont and Wyoming allow constitutional carry.

If HB 4145 passes the Senate, it will need to return to the House of Delegates for a concurrence vote. Time is crucial. Once again, please contact your state Senator and Delegate TODAY and politely urge him or her to support HB 4145. 

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