H. B. 2602
(By Delegates Boggs, Moye, Stowers, Eldridge,
Phillips, L., Swartzmiller, Ferro, Pethtel,
Diserio, Lynch and Young)
[Introduced February 22, 2013; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §61-7-6 and §61-7-6a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to allowing a resident of another state to carry a handgun in West Virginia if the person holds a valid permit or license to possess or carry a handgun from the other state.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §61-7-6 and §61-7-6a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all 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:
(A) Carrying a deadly weapon upon his or her own premises; nor shall anything herein prevent a person from
(B) Carrying any a 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 prohibit a person or
(C) 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 circuit judge, including any retired 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 permit or license to possess or carry a concealed weapon handgun issued 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.
§61-7-6a. Reciprocity and recognition; out-of-state concealed handgun permits.
(a) A holder of a valid out-of-state permit or license to possess or carry a concealed handgun as issued by another state with which the State of West Virginia has executed a reciprocity agreement shall be recognized as is valid in this state for the carrying of a concealed handgun, if the following conditions are met:
(1) The permit or license holder is 21 years of age or older;
(2) The permit or license is in his or her immediate possession; and
(3) The permit or license holder is not a resident of the State of West Virginia. and
(4) The State of West Virginia has executed a valid and effective reciprocity agreement with the issuing state pertaining to the carrying and verification of concealed handgun licenses and permits issued in the respective states.
(b) A holder of a valid permit or license from another state who is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in this state pursuant to provisions of this section is subject to the same laws and restrictions with respect to carrying a concealed handgun as a resident of West Virginia who is so permitted, and must carry the concealed handgun in compliance with the laws of this state.
(c) A license or permit from another state is not valid in this state if the holder is or becomes prohibited by law the laws of this state or the United States from possessing a firearm.
(d) The West Virginia Attorney General shall seek to enter into and may execute reciprocity agreements on behalf of the State of West Virginia with states which meet the following standards and requirements:
(1) The standards applied by the other state before issuing a concealed handgun license or permit must be similar to or greater than the standards imposed by this article;
(2) This state’s law-enforcement officers have continuous access to databases on the criminal information network, 8twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week, to verify the continued validity of any license or permit to carry a concealed handgun that has been granted by the issuing state;
(3) The other state agrees to grant the right to carry a concealed handgun to residents of West Virginia who have valid concealed handgun permits issued pursuant to this article in their possession while carrying concealed weapons in that state; and
(4) The states agree to apprise one another of changes in permitting standards and requirements, to provide for a prompt reexamination of whether any adopted change in licensing or permitting standards negates the states’ ability to continue with the reciprocity agreement.
(e) The West Virginia State Police shall maintain a registry of states with which the State of West Virginia has entered into reciprocity agreements on the criminal information network and make the registry available to law-enforcement officers for investigative purposes. for the recognition of concealed handgun permits issued pursuant to this article.
(f) (e) Every twelve months after the effective date of this section, the West Virginia Attorney General shall make written inquiry of the concealed handgun licensing or permitting authorities in each other state as to: (i) Whether a West Virginia resident may carry a concealed handgun in their state based upon having a valid West Virginia concealed handgun permit; and (ii) whether a West Virginia resident may carry a concealed handgun in that state based upon having a valid West Virginia concealed handgun permit, pursuant to the laws of that state or by the execution of a valid reciprocity agreement between the states.
(g) (f) The West Virginia State Police shall make available to the public a list of states which have entered into reciprocity agreements with the State of West Virginia.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide full faith and credit to nonresidents who have permits or licenses to carry handguns in their states.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.