SB317 SFAT Palumbo 2-25

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    Senator Palumbo moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 317--A Bill to amend and reenact §8-1-5a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §8-12-5 and §8-12-5a of said code, all relating to municipal firearm laws; removing firearm provisions from the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program; prohibiting ordinances from being enacted under the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program that are in conflict with certain other state law; clarifying municipal authority to arrest, convict and punish individuals for certain firearms offenses authorized by code and federal law; removing the grandfather clause excepting certain municipal ordinances limiting the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, transporting, selling or storing of guns or ammunition from the general provision prohibiting such ordinances; defining terms; clarifying municipalities’ authority to regulate possession and carrying of firearms; permitting municipalities to enact and enforce certain ordinances relating to limiting possession of firearms in municipal buildings and on municipal property; permitting persons to store firearms in vehicles on public property under certain circumstances; creating absolute defenses to a violation of municipal firearm ordinances; requiring posting of certain signs; specifying that private redress for violations may be brought under chapter fifty-three of this code and may include reasonable attorneys fees and costs; excluding municipalities from the use of section fourteen, article seven, chapter sixty-one of this code; and clarifying that municipalities cannot prohibit the otherwise lawful carrying of firearms on municipal streets and sidewalks except when a street or sidewalk is temporarily closed to traffic for purposes of municipally authorized events of limited duration.