On Saturday, March 9th, the West Virginia Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2019 Legislative Session. While the legislature failed to pass House Bill 2519, the Campus Self-Defense Act, it did pass legislation to help ensure that Second Amendment rights remain equally protected across the state.
Delegates Chris Phillips (R-47), Brandon Steel (R-29), and Geoff Foster (R-15) introduced a House Floor Amendment to Senate Bill 4 in order to prohibit municipalities participating in the Municipal Home Rule Program from adopting ordinances or regulations that violate Second Amendment rights. The House of Delegates adopted the amendment by a vote of 72-22 and the Senate concurred unanimously on March 7th.
House Bill 2519, sponsored by Delegate Jim Butler (R-14), would have allowed law-abiding CHL holders to carry on the campus of a state institution of higher education. Current state law does not prohibit carrying of a defensive firearm on campus, but institution policy could lead to expulsion or termination of employment. Adults who are officially licensed to carry a firearm for self-defense off-campus should not be prevented from doing so just because they seek higher education. House Bill 2519 previously passed the state House of Delegates by a vote of 59-41. The state Senate Judiciary Committee failed to pass the bill to the state Senate floor.