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Introduced Version Senate Bill 516 History

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SB516 intr
Senate Bill No. 516

(By Senators Fanning and Chafin)

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[Introduced February 9, 2010; referred to the Committee on Natural Resources; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-2-56b, relating to public shooting range permits, rules and fees; and setting criminal and civil 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 §20-2-56b, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.

§20-2-56b. Public shooting range permit; adherence to posted rules; display of permit; issuance and fee; criminal and civil penalties.

(a) For the purposes of this section, "public shooting ranges" are those that are owned and operated by the Division of Natural Resources for the benefit of the public.
(b) The division may issue a permit to a person to shoot or discharge firearms at any public shooting range in the manner prescribed by the director. The fee for the permit is $50 for West Virginia residents and $150 for nonresidents. The permit is valid through the last day of the calendar year in which it is issued. The permits shall provide for the operation, development and maintenance of the public shooting ranges.
(c) A permit is not required of the following persons:
(1) A person in possession of a valid West Virginia hunting license;
(2) A resident exempted from the licensing requirements in section twenty-seven of this article: Provided, that an exempted resident under the age of fifteen years shall be accompanied and directly supervised by a person eighteen years of age or older who is in possession of a valid West Virginia hunting license;
(3) Any residents of West Virginia in the Armed Forces exempted from the licensing requirements in section twenty-eight of this article, or any person exempted from the licensing requirements in section sixty-two of this article who is in possession of the requisite documentation to hunt without a license while using the public shooting range.
(d) A person shooting or discharging a firearm at a public shooting range shall obey the posted rules of the range.
(e) Upon demand of an officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter, a person shooting or discharging a firearm at a public shooting range shall state his or her correct name and address and shall exhibit for inspection a valid public shooting range permit, or a valid license or other documentation required by this section.
(f) Any person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100. In addition to fines and costs, a person convicted of a violation of this section shall pay a $200 civil penalty to the division within sixty days. The civil penalty shall be collected by the court in which the person is convicted and forwarded to the division and deposited in the Wildlife Resources Recreation Fund (fund 3227). All funds collected shall be used only for the operation, development and maintenance of public shooting ranges.


NOTE: The purpose of this section is to create a permit for use of the Division of Natural Resources' public shooting ranges to recover the costs of maintenance and remediation of public shooting ranges, to provide funds to create additional public shooting ranges and to provide penalties for violation of shooting range rules.

This section is new; therefore, underscoring and strike- throughs have been omitted.
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