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West Virginia firefighters could be packing heat; House bill on way to Senate


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia Legislative Services Photo West Virginia Delegate David Pethtel, D-Wetzel, right, speaks with Delegate Ed Evans, D-McDowell, Thursday on the House floor.
(West Virginia Legislative Photography photo by Perry Bennett)

WHEELING, W.Va.  — Legislation permitting properly trained first responders to carry firearms unanimously passed the West Virginia House of Delegates Thursday, and is now on its way to the Senate.

House Bill 2916, introduced by Delegate David Pethtel, D-Wetzel, would allow emergency service personnel, ambulance drivers and firefighters to carry weapons when performing their duties if they successfully pass an equivalent firearms training course provided by the West Virginia State Police Academy and maintain their certification.

The provision would also extend to investigators from the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, and reserve sheriff’s deputies.

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