HB 4187 passed the West Virginia senate this week by a 32-1 vote. The bill insures that while business may ban carrying firearms on their premises, they can’t prohibit guns stored in vehicles on their parking lots. Summary From HB 4187:
The purpose of this bill is to create the “Business Liability Protection Act”. The bill includes the right to limit possession of firearms on certain premises and definitions. It also provides for misdemeanor criminal offense and penalty. It prohibits employers from certain specific actions against a person when that person possesses a firearm legally, including a condition of employment. The bill provides a duty of care of public and private employers and provides for immunity from liability. The bill authorizes the Attorney General to enforce this statute, including the right to sue or seek injunctive relief; and seek civil fines.
The bill had two amendments added in the senate.
One change requires that firearms in vehicles be hidden out of view of passers-by. The second clarifies that the right to have firearms in vehicles does not apply to vehicles owned or leased to a private business or association.
The amendments were adopted on a voice vote, without debate.
The only Senator to vote nay was Corey Palumbo, (D- Kanawa, 17). Palumbo has a whopping 43% rating from the NRA and voted against constitutional carry (HB 4145) in 2016.
Twenty-two states now have similar bills that protect the right to bear arms inside of privately owned transportation while at work. The point is clear. Most people move from place to place in their privately owned vehicles. If they’re banned from having firearms in their own parked vehicles, their exercise of Second Amendment rights is effectively chilled.
The House passed the bill on the last day of the session. It’s now on its way to Governor Jim Justice for signature. While HB 4187 passed with veto-proof margins in both sides and while only a simple majority is sufficient to override a veto, the legislature will not be in session to do so.
Governor Justice has an A rating from the NRA and he’s expected to give the bill his approval.
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