H. B. 2690
(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss and Delegates Amores, Staton,
Capito and Evans)
[Introduced January 14, 1998; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend article seven, chapter sixty-one of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated section
fifteen, relating to providing for the felony offense of
wearing body armor while committing a violent, felonious
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article seven, chapter sixty-one of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section
fifteen, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. DANGEROUS WEAPONS.
§61-7-15. Persons prohibited from committing violent felonious
acts while wearing body armor.
Any person who wears or is otherwise equipped with body
armor, designed to repel deadly force, while involved in the
commission of a felony involving force, the threat of force,
physical harm to another, or the employment of a firearm or other
deadly weapon, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction
thereof, shall be imprisoned in a correctional facility for no
less than two and no more than five years, or fined up to ten
thousand dollars, or, in the discretion of the court, both fined
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create a felony for
committing a violent felony while wearing body armor.
Section fifteen is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.