Preemptive gun bill passes house
by Jeffrey Reynolds Sports Editor
CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Monday that would create a statewide regulation on all sales of firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories. The bill, HB 2760, would prevent municipalities from creating their own laws in regards to guns and gun sales.
Delegate Justin Marcum (D-Mingo, Logan), a co-sponsor of the bill, spoke in favor of these regulations.
“What the bill will do is put all gun stores on an equal playing field when it comes to laws regarding gun sales,” Marcum said, “It’s not fair to make people wait to buy guns.” Delegate Rupert Phillips (D-Logan), the lead sponsor of the bill, stated that the bill will definitely change the law in a positive manner.
“It’s a pretty straight and clear bill,” Phillips said. “I just want to thank my fellow delegates for passing it.”
The bill would abolish the current ordinances imposed in cities such as Charleston, which currently requires a three day waiting period following the purchase of firearms. Instead, HB 2760 would replace these ordinances with a statewide regulation.
The bill received support for the National Rifle Association along with bi-partisan support. The co-sponsors of the bill were Delegates Jeff Eldridge (D-Lincoln), Tim Miley (D-Harrison), Brent Boggs (D-Braxton), Harry Keith White (D-Mingo), John O’Neal (R-Raleigh), William Hartman (D-Randolph), Bill Hamilton (R-Upshur), and Ted Tomblin (D-Logan).
The bill passed the House with a vote of 94-4, with two delegates absent. The Senate will now consider the bill.
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