Knife Right’s West Virginia Knife Law Preemption Bill Filed

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Knife Right’s West Virginia Knife Law Preemption Bill Filed

Gilbert, AZ –-( Knife Rights’ bipartisan West Virginia Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 4541, was introduced this week by sponsor Delegate Rupert Phillips Jr. Co-Sponsors include Delegates Michael Folk, Chris Stansbury, Joshua Nelson, Jeff Eldridge, Ralph Rodighiero, Kelli Sobonya, Eric L. Householder, Jill Upson and Mark Zatezalo.

This Knife Law Preemption bill is moving forward at the same time that West Virginia’s Permitless (Constitutional) Carry bill, HB 4145, is approaching passage, having already passed the House and up for vote in the Senate. HB 4145 would allow adult West Virginians who are not prohibited persons to carry a concealed “deadly weapon”, including knives, without a permit.

Combined with HB 4145, HB 4541 will ensure that knife carriers don’t face local restrictions on their right to carry a knife while existing firearms preemption law protects firearms owners only. West Virginia knife owners should strongly support both bills.

Knife Law Preemption repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.

Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and most recently in Wisconsin.

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