“Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”Posted: February 12, 2009
Sen. Sypolt introduces bill repealing Capitol gun ban
Senator Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, on Wednesday introduced Senate Bill 147, which will restore the rights of law-abiding gun owners who work in or visit the West Virginia State Capitol by repealing the prohibition on carrying firearms and other weapons in the State Capitol Complex and on adjoining grounds.
Supporters of SB 147 call it a common-sense measure to restore the rights of law-abiding gun owners and reduce the attractiveness of the State Capitol as a target to criminals. West Virginia Citizens Defense League President Jim Mullins praised SB 147, saying, “So-called ‘gun-free zones’ offer the public only a false sense of security but embolden criminals who may target those individuals whom they believe will be least able to defend themselves. As effective as the police may be, they cannot be everywhere all the time. That is as true at our State Capitol as any other public place.”
Mullins says several states, ranging from Oregon to Virginia, allow individuals who have concealed handgun licenses to lawfully carry guns in their respective state capitols without further restriction.