Senate Judiciary rewrites House Second Amendment bill to target federal commandeering

Senate Judiciary rewrites House Second Amendment bill to target federal commandeering

Apr. 8—MORGANTOWN — Senate Judiciary took up a Second Amendment bill supported by gun lobbyists but opposed by police, rewrote and fine tuned it, and turned it into something not so loved by the gun lobbyists but supported by police. The committee began consideration of HB 2694 Tuesday night and wrapped up work Wednesday afternoon. As it came from the House, HB 2694 was called the Second Amendment Preservation Act. It said, "No agency of this state, political subdivision of this state, or employee of an agency or political subdivision of this state acting in his or her official capacity may … use agency or department moneys or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or aid a federal agency in whole or in part or arrest persons for federal law enforcement purposes, " including federal firearms laws. Judiciary chair Charles Trump, R-Morgan, undertook the rewrite, changing the name to the Second Amendment Preservation and Anti-Federal Commandeering Act. The new version prohibits federal commandeering of state law enforcement for enforcing federal firearms laws if the the only offense being pursued is a firearms, weapon or ammunition issue that is legal under West Virginia law. The same applies to arrest warrants. The bill authorizes the state attorney general to challenge in court unconstitutional federal actions related to firearms and directs the attorney general to develop and publish model policies. It grants immunity to law enforcement officers for complying with the state law. In House Judiciary, Adam Crawford, vice president of the […]

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