Domestic abuse coalition seeks injunction against gun law

Domestic abuse coalition seeks injunction against gun law

Gun Rights

The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence is asking a federal judge to prevent Attorney General Patrick Morrisey from enforcing a law that requires private businesses to allow employees and visitors to have guns in their vehicles parked on those businesses’ property. The coalition seeks to have Senior Status U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver to find the 2018 law unconstitutional and issue an injunction to stop its enforcement, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. “A domestic violence shelter faces special dangers when someone brings a gun onto its property, whether that person is a known abuser, a shelter resident, or simply someone whom shelter staff doesn’t recognize,” attorneys said in the lawsuit. “It is essential that shelter staff be allowed to protect themselves and their residents by exercising their professional judgment about how best to respond in such situations, whether by investigating, asking the person to remove the gun from the premises, or calling the police.” The coalition is represented by attorneys from Everytown Law, Charleston firm Goodwin and Goodwin, and Gupta Wessler PLLC, based in Washington, D.C. The West Virginia Legislature adopted the law, the “Business Liability Protection Act,” during the 2018 regular legislative session and Gov. Jim Justice signed it later that month. The law requires businesses to allow employees and visitors to keep guns in their vehicles, and it prohibits property owners and businesses from taking action against a person who brings a gun onto […]

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