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WEST virginia legislature

2020 regular session

Introduced

House Bill 4618

By Delegates Steele, Dean, Howell, Householder, Summers, Pack, Phillips, Kessinger, J. Jeffries, Foster and Graves

[Introduced January 30, 2020; Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.]


 

A BILL to amend and reenact §61-7-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to removing from the code, language prohibiting the public display and offering for rent or sale to a passersby on a street, road or alley, any deadly weapon, machine gun, submachine gun or other fully automatic weapon, any rifle, shotgun, or ammunition for same.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


ARTICLE 7. DANGEROUS WEAPONS.


§61-7-10. Display of Deadly weapons for sale or hire; sale to prohibited persons; penalties.

(a) A person may not publicly display and offer for rent or sale, or, where the person is other than a natural person, knowingly permit an employee thereof to publicly display and offer for rent or sale, to any passersby on any street, road or alley, any deadly weapon, machine gun, submachine gun or other fully automatic weapon, any rifle, shotgun or ammunition for same

(b) (a) Any person who violates the provisions of subsections (a) or c) subsection (b) of this section shall be is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or shall be confined in the county jail for not more than one year, or both fined and confined, except that where the person violating the provisions of said subsections subsection (b) is other than a natural person, such the person shall be fined not more than $10,000.

(c) (b) A person may not knowingly sell, rent, give or lend, or, where the person is other than a natural person, knowingly permit an employee thereof to knowingly sell, rent, give or lend, any deadly weapon other than a firearm to a person prohibited from possessing a deadly weapon other than a firearm by any provision of this article.

(d) (c) A person may not knowingly sell, rent, give or lend, or where the person is other than a natural person, knowingly permit an employee thereof to knowingly sell, rent give or lend a firearm or ammunition to a person prohibited by any provision of this article or the provisions of 18 U.S.C. §922.

(e) (d) Any person who violates any of the provisions of subsection (d) (c) of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100,000, imprisoned in a state correctional facility for a definite term of years of not less than three years nor more than 10 years, or both fined and imprisoned, except that where the person committing an offense punishable under this subsection is other than a natural person, such the person shall be fined not more than $250,000.

(f) (e) Any person who knowingly solicits, persuades, encourages or entices a licensed dealer or private seller of firearms or ammunition to transfer a firearm or ammunition under circumstances which the person knows would violate the laws of this state or the United States is guilty of a felony. Any person who willfully procures another to engage in conduct prohibited by this subsection shall be punished as a principal. This subsection does not apply to a law-enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity. Any person who violates the provisions of this subsection is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $5,000, imprisoned  in a state correctional facility for a definite term or not less than one year nor more than five years, or both fined and imprisoned.


 

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove from the code language prohibiting the public display and offering for rent or sale to a passersby on a street, road or alley, any deadly weapon, machine gun, submachine gun or other fully automatic weapon, any rifle, shotgun or ammunition for same.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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