West Virginia –-(Ammoland.com)-This. Is. Huge.
West Virginia Citizens Defense League (WVCDL) members and supporters, I speak for our entire board of directors when I say this. You never cease to amaze us.
Your dedication to your beliefs, and your willingness to act upon them has and continues to shape the future of liberty in our state. You are patriots, all. Your calls, your emails, and your presence in that capitol building have made history. Just four short years ago, the notion of pushing constitutional carry would have been little more than a back room joke. Now it is half way to becoming a reality.
The senate voted 32-2 to pass the bill. Three separate attempts by Senator Mike Romano (D-Harrison) were shot down by overwhelming margins. This happened because of you. This happened because you let the Senate and its leadership know where West Virginia stands on our rights.
We'd like to throw out the following thanks.
Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer) and Senate Judiciary Chair Charles Trump (R-Morgan) for their leadership.
We'd also like to thank the lead sponsor of the bill, Senator Dave Sypolt (R-Preston) as well as the following co-sponsors:
- Bob Beach (D-Monongalia)
- Craig Blair (R-Berkeley)
- Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha)
- Daniel Hall (R-Wyoming)
- Robert Karnes (R-Upshur)
- Kent Leonhardt (R-Monongalia)
- Mark Maynard (R-Wayne)
- Bob Williams (D-Taylor)
- Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio)
Special thanks should also go to Senator Craig Blair for his outstanding behind-the-scenes work on this bill, and to senators Karnes and Leonhardt for their excellent arguments on the floor of the senate in support of your rights.
We also owe special thanks to the NRA-ILA for their presence in the Capitol, working with the WVCDL to shepherd this bill through the process. Their support has been invaluable.
Now the bill goes to the House of Delegates. Stay tuned for updates and possible action items.
The CHL Privacy bill, HB2636, is up for a hearing today in the House Judiciary Committee. This bill protects the privacy of those of us who have or will obtain concealed handgun licenses. This will prevent anti-gun media from mapping us like sex offenders. It is expected to pass. However, House Judiciary meetings have been running late into the night, and this bill is the last one on today's agenda. It is likely that it will run tomorrow, as they will be meeting on Saturday.
This bill will be critical, even if Constitutional Carry passes, due to the large number of us that will maintain our CHLs for purposes of interstate travel.
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: www.wvcdl.org