Lawsuit challenging gun bill can proceed

Lawsuit challenging gun bill can proceed

CHARLESTON — A federal judge said Wednesday a lawsuit brought by an organization representing domestic violence victims challenging a 2018 law prohibiting businesses from banning guns from parking lots can move forward. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver denied a motion brought by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Aug. 5, 2019, to dismiss a case challenging the law from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The coalition filed a complaint on June 6, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia seeking an injunction against House Bill 4187, also called the Business Liability Protection Act. The bill, which was passed by the West Virginia Legislature on March 10, 2018, and went into effect 90 days later, prohibits property owners or lessees of real property from prohibiting gun owners from possessing their firearms in their parked vehicles. It also prohibits the hiring or firing of employees based on their possession of firearms. The Coalition Against Domestic Violence filed its lawsuit a year later, alleging the law violates the property rights of the coalition and its 14 affiliates across the state and puts its clients in potential danger. The coalition is represented by Everytown Law, the legal arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, a group advocating for more stringent gun control measures. Michael Bloomberg, a former New York City mayor and Democratic candidate for president, is a major financier. “Under the law in question, private property owners can’t choose to keep guns off their […]

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