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Bill advancing to allow guns in parked cars at Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates is expected to pass a bill today, Feb. 17, to allow people to keep firearms in their vehicles parked in the Capitol Complex.

Current law prohibits anyone from bringing a weapon into the complex. But HB 4309 proposes that “a person may keep a firearm in his or her motor vehicle upon the State Capitol Complex if the vehicle is locked and the firearm is out of normal view.”

Lead sponsor Rupert Phillips, D-Logan, said a lot of people who have concealed carry permits come and park on the grounds. “If a citizen has a concealed carry permit, will they have dump the gun before they come on the property?” So the bill offers some practical convenience for people.

It has a Senate sister, which adds that the person with the gun must have a concealed weapons permit …

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