WEST virginia Legislature
2017 regular session
House Bill 2559
By Delegates Eldridge, Blair, Foster, N., Maynard, McGeehan, Phillips, Marcum, Butler, Howell, Martin and Hill
[Introduced February 20,
Referred to Education then the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18B-4-5b, relating to permitting an individual with a current West Virginia license to carry a concealed deadly weapon to carry such weapon on the campus of a state institution of higher education.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §18B-4-5b, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 4. GENERAL ADMINISTRATION.
§18B-4-5b. Concealed carry on higher education campuses; exceptions.
(a) Any person who holds a current license to carry a concealed deadly weapon shall be permitted to carry a concealed deadly weapon on the campus of a state institution of higher education, except in any of the following circumstances:
(1) The institution of higher education designates a particular building on the institution’s campus in which dangerous and deadly weapons are prohibited, the institution of higher education provides armed security officers to monitor the building and the institution provides screening for dangerous deadly weapons at the entrances to the building during hours when the building is occupied;
(2) A local, state or federal agency with police powers may prohibit the carrying or possession of deadly weapons in a building or facility during an event in which the public is invited or charged a fee for admission; or
(3) During a public emergency on the campus of an institution of higher learning, the institution or a police agency may deny access to designated buildings and areas of campus to any person carrying a deadly weapon.
(b) For the purposes of this section, a “license to carry a concealed deadly weapon” refers to a current license, lawfully issued by the State of West Virginia pursuant to section four or section four-a of article seven, chapter sixty-one of this code.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to permit an individual with a current West Virginia issued license to carry a concealed deadly weapon to carry such weapon on the campus of a state institution of higher education.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.