Permitless Carry Passes Both Chambers of the State Legislature!

ACTION for West Virginia residents only:  Urge Gov. Tomblin to sign Constitutional Carry (HB 4145) into law.  Tell him that this bill has passed by a veto-proof majority in both chambers, so he should go ahead and stand up for gun owners’ rights by signing this bill into law.


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Urge Governor Tomblin to Sign Constitutional Carry into Law!

Your hard work has paid off.  

On Monday, the West Virginia senate, by a vote of 24-9, approved House Bill 4145, the constitutional carry legislation.  (The house had already approved Del. Saira Blair’s bill by a vote of 68-31 earlier in February.) 

Under this bill, West Virginians will no longer be required to get the government's permission to exercise their Second Amendment rights to carry a concealed firearm to protect themselves and their families. 

The House and Senate still have to finalize some minor differences between the versions that passed each chamber.  

Delegate Blair, the bill’s chief sponsor, told Gun Owners of America that the House will probably just concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, which means that it would then go directly to Gov. Tomblin.

You can see the names of Delegates and Senators here and how they voted.  (Make sure you thank those who voted right, but reprimand those who voted wrong.)

Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Wyoming and most of Montana can carry a concealed firearm without a government license.  Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.  In fact, these are some of the safest places in America. 

HB 4145 would add West Virginia to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states. 

West Virginia already has constitutional carry for Open Carry.  That is, one doesn’t need to beg permission to carry a handgun openly.

So should a person, who is carrying a gun openly, become a criminal for pulling his shirt over his weapon?  

Absolutely not!  

Now is the time to urge Governor Tomblin to support this bill.  While he vetoed a similar bill last year, the legislative session ended before a veto-override could occur. 

That's why it's important to start contacting the governor. 

Tell Gov. Tomblin that this bill has passed by a veto-proof majority in both chambers, so he should go ahead and stand up for gun owners’ rights by signing this bill into law.

By using this link, you send Governor Tomblin a pre-written letter, urging him to sign HB 4145.  

Thank you for taking action!