Gun bills enter West Virginia Legislature after U.S. mass shootings

Gun bills enter West Virginia Legislature after U.S. mass shootings

The West Virginia Senate and House have introduced gun bills this week. (WCHS/WVAH)<p>{/p} KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — The West Virginia Senate advanced four pieces of legislation during a committee session on Tuesday focusing on preserving Second Amendment rights in fear of incoming federal restrictions. One of them, SJR 1 , would prohibit counties or municipalities from making gun laws that are stricter than what the state already has. "It is a Second Amendment preservation right that would enshrine the right to keep and bear arms within our constitution in no uncertain terms,” Sen. Eric Tarr, R-Putnam, said. Tarr said in the wake of mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder , he wants people to be able to defend themselves. "When we see these mass shootings, more than anything it makes me much more of an advocate and more motivated to make sure these law-biding citizens, that their right is protected to bear arms," Tarr said. The others: a resolution urging Congress and the president not to infringe on the Second Amendment, SB 458 , which modifies the authority of the state government for the "individual possession of firearms during a declared state of emergency," and SB 419 redefining the term "firearm." The House has a gun bill this week too, HB 2694 , which prevents local police from enforcing federal gun laws that aren’t in line with state law. "My main concern with this bill is we can’t tell law enforcement officers they can’t enforce the law. It […]

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