WVCDL Legislation Tracking Service

The following firearms and self-defense related bills have been introduced in the WV Legislature during the 2017 session. All new bills will be marked as "Awaiting WVCDL Review" and posted under the "WVCDL Neutral" category until reviewed by the WVCDL and a decision is made whether to support or oppose the bill.

To see the full details of the bill, including the full-text, click the bill number to be taken to the West Virginia Legislature's website.

It should be noted that the WVCDL has no pride of authorship and is willing to support any bill that protects or restores the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in West Virginia, regardless of who authors the bill.

This page was last updated 2/12/2017 10:10 pm.

WVCDL STRONGLY Supports:


HB2136 - WVCDL STRONGLY Supports
Lead Sponsor: Foster G. (R - Putnam)
Rowan (R - Hampshire)
Westfall (R - Jackson)

Summary:Statewide Sunday hunting on private land.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 To House Agriculture and Natural Resources then Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To House Agriculture and Natural Resources

HB2152 - WVCDL STRONGLY Supports
Lead Sponsor: Ambler (R - Greenbrier)
Coooper (R - Summers)
Upson (R - Jefferson)
Rowan (R - Hampshire)
Eldridge (D - Lincoln)

Summary:Statewide Sunday hunting on private land.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 To House Agriculture and Natural Resources then Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To House Agriculture and Natural Resources

HB2209 - WVCDL STRONGLY Supports
Lead Sponsor:Phillips (I - Logan)
Folk (R - Berkeley)
Eldridge (D - Lincoln)
Sobonya (R - Cabell)

Summary:Preempt municipalities from enacting knife ordinances in the same way firearms ordinances are preempted.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 To Political Subdivisions then Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To Political Subdivisions

SB211 - WVCDL STRONGLY Supports
Lead Sponsor: Trump (R - Morgan)
Blair (R - Berkeley)
Maroney (R - Marshall)

Summary:Prohibit county parks commissions from regulating firearms
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introductions
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in Senate
  • 2/8/17 To Government Organization then Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To Government Organization

WVCDL Supports:


HB2100 - WVCDL Supports
Lead Sponsor:Pushkin (D - Kanawaha)
Folk (R - Berkeley)
Blair (R - Berkeley)
Fast (R - Fayette)

Summary: Make non-resident active military eligible for CHLs while stationed in WV.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 To Veteran's Affairs and Homeland Security then Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To Veteran's Affairs and Homeland Security

HB2150 - WVCDL Supports
Lead Sponsor:McGeehan (R - Hancock)
Folk (R - Berkeley)
Kelly (R - Wood)

Summary: Allow hunting coyotes with night vision and artificial light 24/7/365
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 To Agriculture and Natural Resources then Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To Agriculture and Natural Resources

HB2177 - WVCDL Supports
Lead Sponsor: Rodighiero (D - Logan)
Marcum (D - Mingo)

Summary: Exempt all veterans from hunting and fishing licenses.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 To Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • 2/8/17 To Agriculture and Natural Resources

WVCDL Neutral:


HB2052 - WVCDL Neutral
Lead Sponsor: Rodighiero (D - Logan)

Summary: Make second offense poaching a felony.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 To Agriculture and Natural Resources then Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To Agriculture and Natural Resources

SB230 - WVCDL Neutral
Lead Sponsor: Trump (R - Morgan)
Blair (R - Berkeley)
Maroney (R - Marshall)

Summary: Allows prosecutors to carry as law enforcement.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in Senate
  • 2/8/17 To Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To Senate Judiciary
  • 2/14/17 Committee Substitute Reported
  • 2/15/17 On First Reading
  • 2/16/17 On 2nd Reading

SB234 - WVCDL Neutral
Lead Sponsor: Trump (R - Morgan)
Blair (R - Berkeley)
Maroney (R - Marshall)

Summary: Allows process servers to carry as law enforcement.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in Senate
  • 2/8/17 To Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To Judiciary

HB2060 - WVCDL Neutral
Lead Sponsor: Shott (R - Mercer)

Summary: This bill mirrors the enhanced penalties in Constitutional Carry.

HB2106 - WVCDL Neutral
Lead Sponsor:Pushkin (D - Kanawha)
Upson (R - Jefferson)
Fleischauer (D - Monongalia)

Summary: Create a domestic violence registry. The WVCDL needs to watch this bill, as often anti-gun measures are snuck into DV bills.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 To Agriculture and Natural Resources then Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To Agriculture and Natural Resources

HB2138 - WVCDL Neutral
Lead Sponsor: McGeehan (R - Hancock)
Folk (R - Berkeley)

Summary: This is a "nullification" bill. The WVCDL finds these interesting symbolism, but of little practical value.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 To Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To House Judiciary

HB2212 - WVCDL Neutral
Lead Sponsor: Howell (R - Mineral)
Hamilton (R - Upshur)

Summary: This is a "nullification" bill. The WVCDL finds these interesting symbolism, but of little practical value.
Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in house
  • 2/8/17 To Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To House Judiciary

WVCDL Opposes:


HB2092 - WVCDL Opposes
Lead Sponsor: Overington (R - Berkeley)
Sponsors: Frich (R - Monongalia)
Folk (R - Berkeley)
Sobonya (R - Cabell)

Summary: Due to language errors in this bill, non-violent felonies, or the possession of a firearm that is completely unrelated to a felony, could result in additional 10-40 years in prison. Libertarian groups have estimated that the average home contains five felonies based in obscure federal law. Under this bill, as written, possession of a firearm for mis-storing household chemicals could land someone 40 years in prison.

Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for Introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in House
  • 2/8/17 To Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To House Judiciary
SB227 - WVCDL Opposes
Lead Sponsor: Trump (R - Morgan)
Blair (R - Berkeley)
Maroney (R - Marshall)

Summary: This bill is a mixed bag. At present, it codifies the legal carry of handguns park-wide, but bans the carry of longarms. The WVCDL is actively working with the sponsors of this bill, and we expect the language will improve. At present, do not assume anything negative about the bill. We have it currently classified as "not support," but we do expect that to change. No calls or emails to legislators are necessary at this time. The WVCDL will update as required.

Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for Introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in Senate
  • 2/8/17 To Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To Senate Judiciary
HB2430 - WVCDL Opposes
Lead Sponsor: Howell (R - Mineral)
Blair (R - Berkeley)
Hamrick (R - Harrison)
Frich (R - Monongalia)
Hamilton (R - Upshur)
Wilson (R - Berkeley)

Summary: This is a "may issue" capitol carry bill, at the discretion of the Capitol Police. The WVCDL has been in discussion with the Capitol Police in the past, and has found them to be philosophically very much against the rights of "normal" (read "lesser") citizens bearing arms. The net result of this bill will be that legislators and the "chosen" employees will be permitted to carry, while us mere mortals will be denied. The WVCDL opposes any measure that provides "rights for me, but not for thee."

Status:
  • 2/8/17 Filed for Introduction
  • 2/8/17 Introduced in Senate
  • 2/8/17 To Judiciary
  • 2/8/17 To Senate Judiciary