The Good, Bad, And Ugly – Update from West Virginia Citizens Defense League

West Virginia Citizens Defense League
West Virginia Citizens Defense League

West Virginia –-( news from West Virginia State Police!

A spokesman for the WVSP shared the following with the WVCDL today:

“I Was asked today by a reporter if the increase in concealed weapons permits over the past 4 years caused law enforcement to encounter more guns on the job. My response was, “No, these are law abiding citizens legally obtaining permits and exercising their 2nd Amendment Rights. Criminals don’t do that.”

As you can imagine, the WVCDL is very pleased with the position the WVSP is taking in regards to the support of individuals rights to keep and bear arms in the state os WV.

Bad news from the West Virginia Attorney General

WV AG Patrick Morrisey has informed the WVCDL that West Virginia has lost reciprocity with the state of Nevada.

Due to West Virginia issuing permits for individuals between 18-21 (if their job requires) Nevada has decided to rescind reciprocity. More to come…

Charleston And Its Ugly Ways

The Charleston suit continues to crawl along, with the City employing, quite frankly, some bizarre procedural tactics.

As you may or may not know, the City of Charleston has actually filed a suit against the WVCDL hinging around state law. Why in the world the City of Charleston thinks we can provide remedy to their complaints is baffling. The law is written and voted upon by the legislature, and signed into law by the Governor. A suit against us makes absolutely no sense. Should we lose (highly unlikely) it’s not as if the WVCDL has the ability to say, “Oh, ok then, well, this law or that law is simply no longer valid.”

Regardless, the City’s procedural spasms aside, our attorneys have requested some information from our membership. They could obtain this information on their own, but it will cost our organization money for them to do this legwork. So it’s in our interest to do it for them, and hand over as much information as we can.

Our Request Of You:

Those of you with good-to-excellent google-fu, please find every single statement Mayor Jones, Rod Blackstone, the City’s attorneys, the Chief of Police, or any other agent or employee of the city has made regarding home rule, SB317, preemption, guns, carry, carry bans, open carry, and anything else firearms or gun rights-related.

This can go back as far as 1993. Dig up what you can, and paste the links as responses to this thread on facebook. Please, however, before you do, look to see if someone else has already beaten you to posting that link. It can be anything. Youtube. Media reports. TV shows. Radio interviews. Anything the City of Charleston has ever said about guns.

We want everything.

Why This Is Important:

Whatever Charleston gets away with in terms of trampling our rights, every city in this state will eventually follow suit. We’ve seen this with other cities over the years. What Charleston does, other cities do, especially when it comes to trampling our liberties. This matters to everyone in this state.

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Art Thomm
Vice President / Lobbyist
West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.

The West Virginia Citizens Defense League (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. Visit:

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What can you expect from a “state” that was created by federal fiat against the wishes of the legitimate Virginia state government and the People of Virginia in 1861. It was O.K. for WV to secede from VA with Northern Aggresors’ help, but not O.K. for VA to secede!!!

S Michael DeHart

Great job Art!!

S Michael DeHart

Great article Art. I have been on Google all day doing searches about Dollar Danny and the Chucky-Town Cronies and their hatred about the WVCDL and SB 317. They won’t give up and are acting like petulant children that didn’t get their way. It is sad that civility and maturity doesn’t work these days, especially for the little rich boy that loves his coke.