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FISCAL NOTEWEST virginia Legislature

2017 regular session

Introduced

House Bill Number 2060

By Delegate Shott

[Introduced February 8, 2017; Referred
to the Committee on the Judiciary]

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-7-15a, relating to enhanced penalties for use of a firearm during commission of a felony; providing for enhanced penalties for use of a firearm during commission of a felony; and providing exceptions to such enhanced penalties.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section designated §61-7-15a, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 7.  dangerous weapons.

§61-7-15a.  Enhanced penalty for use of firearm during commission of felony. 


(a) Except to the extent that a greater minimum sentence is otherwise provided by any other provision of law, any person who uses or displays a firearm during the planning or commission of any felony shall, in addition to the punishment provided for such felony, be sentenced to an additional term of imprisonment in a state correctional facility of five years, which sentence may not be reduced or suspended.

(b) Except to the extent that a greater minimum sentence is otherwise provided by any other provision of law, any convicted felon who uses or displays a firearm during the planning or commission of any felony shall, in addition to the punishment provided for such felony, be sentenced to an additional term of imprisonment in a state correctional facility of ten years, to run consecutively, not concurrently, which sentence may not be reduced or suspended.

(c) Unless otherwise provided in this code, the provisions of this article do not apply to a person who in good faith employs the use of a firearm, in self-defense or the defense of others, against another person who is perpetuating violence or the threat of violence.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide for enhanced penalties for use of a firearm during commission of a felony and, it also provides exceptions to such enhanced penalties.

This section has been completely rewritten; therefore, it has been completely underscored.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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