Senate Bill No. 474
(By Senators Palumbo, Laird, Tucker, Edgell, Wills Yost, Klempa, Kessler (Mr. President), Plymale and Beach)
[Introduced February 1, 2012; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §61-7-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to exempting Supreme Court Justices and retired justices from the prohibitions against carrying concealed weapons.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §61-7-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. DANGEROUS WEAPONS.
§61-7-6. Exceptions as to prohibitions against carrying concealed deadly weapons.
The licensure provisions set forth in this article do not apply to:
(1) Any person carrying a deadly weapon upon his or her own premises; nor shall anything herein does this article prevent a person from carrying any firearm, unloaded, from the place of purchase to his or her home, residence or place of business or to a place of repair and back to his or her home, residence or place of business, nor shall anything herein does this article prohibit a person from possessing a firearm while hunting in a lawful manner or while traveling from his or her home, residence or place of business to a hunting site and returning to his or her home, residence or place of business;
(2) Any person who is a member of a properly organized target-shooting club authorized by law to obtain firearms by purchase or requisition from this state or from the United States for the purpose of target practice from carrying any pistol, as defined in this article, unloaded, from his or her home, residence or place of business to a place of target practice and from any place of target practice back to his or her home, residence or place of business, for using any such weapon at a place of target practice in training and improving his or her skill in the use of the weapons;
(3) Any law-enforcement officer or law-enforcement official as defined in section one, article twenty-nine, chapter thirty of this code;
(4) Any employee of the West Virginia Division of Corrections duly appointed pursuant to the provisions of section five, article five, chapter twenty-eight of this code while the employee is on duty;
(5) Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Militia of this state while the member is on duty;
(6) Any supreme court justice, circuit judge, including any retired supreme court justice or circuit judge designated senior status by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, prosecuting attorney, assistant prosecuting attorney or a duly appointed investigator employed by a prosecuting attorney;
(7) Any resident of another state who holds a valid license to carry a concealed weapon by a state or a political subdivision which has entered into a reciprocity agreement with this state, subject to the provisions and limitations set forth in section six-a of this article;
(8) Any federal law-enforcement officer or federal police officer authorized to carry a weapon in the performance of the officer’s duty; and
(9) Any Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority Ranger while the ranger is on duty.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to include supreme court justices and retired justices among those individuals authorized to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. This bill is requested by the Supreme Court of Appeals Administrative Office.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.