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Lobby Day and WV 3-22 Carry!


Lobby Day 2015!

Charleston, WV - Thursday, January 15th, 2015 - The West Virginia Legislature began yesterday, and that means that Lobby Day is quickly approaching. West Virginia Citizens Defense League's Lobby Day is the biggest day of the year for gun rights in West Virginia. We fill the galleries. We fill the halls. This is the day YOU can show your legislators that you and the rest of the WVCDL membership is active. This year has been historic for West Virginia politics and with several anti-gun legislators retired and others out of positions of power, the stage is set for significant progress in reclaiming gun rights in West Virginia. This will be the Lobby Day you'll tell your grandchildren about. Join us in your black WVCDL shirt as we overflow the galleries and make history. Meet us under the Rotunda at 8:00am on February 16th.

WVCDL is pleased to announce this years top Legislative priority as WV 3-22 Carry. Why WV 3-22? Because, WVCDL's WV 3-22 Carry bill captures the spirit and letter of the West Virginia's Constitutional right to bear arms clause, which reads:

"3-22. Right to keep and bear arms. A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use."

Click here to learn more about WV 3-22 Carry and read the full text of the bill.

LEGISLATIVE VICTORY!


Legislative Victory!

Charleston, WV - Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 - As of last week, Governor Tomblin has signed every pro-gun bill that made it to his desk following the 2014 Legislative Session. Thanks to YOUR activism, SB317 (strengthening preemption) was signed into law despite Danny Jones' anti-gun campaign against it. In addition, HB4186 (which will allow for the WV Attorney General to apply to the ATF for NICS exemption for any CHL holder when buying a new firearm) and HB4431 (which protects those in possession of a firearm for non-hunting purposes like open carry or target shooting from being unnecessarily subject to game laws) were also signed into law.

With the Legislative activity over for the year, the WVCDL will begin focusing on the upcoming election. Be on the lookout for candidate ratings to be released soon!

WVCDL Takes to the Airwaves to Fight for SB317!




Charleston, WV - Saturday, March 15th, 2014 - Beginning today, the WVCDL will be airing ads on multiple radio stations in the Charleston, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Clarksburg, Buckhannon, and Summersville markets to fight for SB317. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones continues his anti-gun media blitz to turn public perception against lawful gun owners. Make sure you, your family, and your friends call Governor Tomblin at 304-558-2000 and urge him to sign SB317 into law. Tell him not to let one mayor's temper tantrum trample your right to keep and bear arms.

One State, One Law.

SB317 Headed to the Governor's Desk!


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Click here to listen to a recording of the bill being passed by the Senate.
Click here to listen to a recording of the bill being passed by the House.

Charleston, WV - Saturday, March 8th, 2014 - Today, in a 92-5 vote, SB317 passed the West Virginia House. This bill takes preemption state wide. This is a credit to the enormous influence your calls and your presence under the Rotunda in a WVCDL t-shirt has had in our legislature. It is you who has accomplished this milestone. Further, the NRA has been extremely proactive with this bill. The WVCDL has been extremely pleased to see the NRA so heavily and pro-actively involved this session. Their help, support, and influence has been absolutely instrumental with this bill and others strong gun bills.

The bill is how headed to the Governor's desk to await signature. Once signed, the bill will become effective immediately.

SB317 Unanimously Passes the Senate


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Click here to listen to a recording of the bill being passed by the Senate.

Charleston, WV - Tuesday, February 24th, 2014 - Today, in a 32-0 vote, SB317 passed the West Virginia Senate. This bill takes preemption state wide. This is a credit to the enormous influence your calls and your presence under the Rotunda in a WVCDL t-shirt has had in our legislature. It is you who has accomplished this milestone. Further, the NRA has been extremely proactive with this bill. The WVCDL has been extremely pleased to see the NRA so heavily and pro-actively involved this session. Their help, support, and influence has been absolutely instrumental with this bill and others strong gun bills still in the works.

The journey of this bill is not over as it must still pass the House of Delegates. We want it to pass intact to avoid a conference committee at the end of the session to avoid any back door attempts to defeat the bill. We are cautiously optimistic, so we are not yet asking for calls or activism.

I would also like to note that in the end, Senate Judiciary Chair, Senator Corey Palumbo, did sit down and work with the Senate President Jeff Kessler, the WVCDL, and the NRA to hammer out an amendment to repair the damage done by his own sneaky substitute in the Judiciary committee.

City of Charleston Responds to WVCDL's Injunction Against Unconstitutional Firearm Ordinances


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Charleston, WV - Monday, December 16th, 2013 - The West Virginia Citizens Defense League filed for an injunction against the City of Charleston in the Kanawha County Circuit Court. Charleston has continued to enforce multiple city ordinances which are in clear violation of state law governing Home Rule cities, made effective July 1, 2013. Under the state law, Charleston's firearms ordinances are rendered null and void as a condition of participation in the Home Rule Pilot Program. The WVCDL is not seeking financial damages; only injunctive relief.

“The WVCDL is not seeking financial damages; only injunctive relief” said WVCDL President, Keith Morgan. "Charleston is operating in clear violation of state law by continuing to operate their unconstitutional gun registry, and enforcing other city ordinances in blatant opposition of the will of the West Virginia Legislature and the people of West Virginia. Mayor Jones is not above the law. This needs to stop."

WVCDL Files Injunction against City of Charleston’s Unconstitutional Firearm Ordinances


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Charleston, WV - Monday, December 16th, 2013 - Today the West Virginia Citizens Defense League has filed for an injunction against the City of Charleston in the Kanawha County Circuit Court. Charleston has continued to enforce multiple city ordinances which are in clear violation of state law governing Home Rule cities, made effective July 1 of this year. Under the state law, Charleston's firearms ordinances are rendered null and void as a condition of participation in the Home Rule Pilot Program.

“The WVCDL is not seeking financial damages; only injunctive relief” said WVCDL President, Keith Morgan. "Charleston is operating in clear violation of state law by continuing to operate their unconstitutional gun registry, and enforcing other city ordinances in blatant opposition of the will of the West Virginia Legislature and the people of West Virginia. Mayor Jones is not above the law. This needs to stop."



Join the WVCDL!


Sunday, April 14th, 2013 - The time has come to start building our financial coffers. Legislators that helped us this session will be remembered. Legislators who stood against your right to keep and bear arms will be remembered with action in their districts next election. The WVCDL is soon going to start using funds to influence key lawmakers by grassroots work in their districts. Thus, funds will be needed to back these efforts. Please remember that the WVCDL is an all-volunteer organization. No WVCDL members are paid for any of the work they do. Your funds go 100% towards protecting and restoring your right to keep and bear arms. If you join now, your membership is valid until June 20th, 2014! You'll also get a t-shirt just like the one pictured below.

You can now join the WVCDL two ways. Click the image below to be taken to our membership page. You can fill out the form and pay online or scroll to the bottom of the page to print the paper application, fill it out and mail it in. Thank you for your support and membership.
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WVCDL Lobby Day Success


Wednesday, February 20th 2013 - West Virginia Citizen Defense League's Annual Lobby Day was a great success. Approximately 100 gun owners, hunters, and shooting enthusiasts took the day to drive to the Capitol and help fight to preserve and restore our right to keep and bear arms. The WVCDL presence was well known throughout the Capitol complex, and it wasn't long before Delegates and Senators began to seek out the WVCDL leadership. A good number of whom signed onto our bills as sponsors. As the floor sessions started, the WVCDL was introduced on the floor in both the Senate and the House. WVCDL President Keith Morgan and Vice-President Art Thomm met with both Speaker of the House Rick Thompson and Senate Majority Leader John Unger II to discuss the various pro-gun bills that have been introduced.

Speaking of pro-gun bills, three bills have been authored by the WVCDL this year, and you can read about them here. The best way to stay current on all pro-gun bills as they make their way through the legislative process is the WVCDL Legislative Tracking Service, which includes the WVCDL's official position on a bill, a list of the bill's sponsors, a summary of the bill, and the status and history of the bill.
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WVCDL Lobby Day February 18th, 2013


Friday, February 1st 2013- The West Virginia Citizens Defense League will be having it's annual Lobby Day on Monday, February 18th at 9:30am. Join us in Charleston on the main floor of the Capitol under the Rotunda in a show of strength to your legislators. Speak to your elected representatives, ask them what they're doing for your right to keep and bear arms. You will meet and have fellowship with fellow West Virginia gun owners, hunters, and shooting enthusiasts. DO NOT CARRY A FIREARM, the capitol complex is a legislated off-limits location and possession of firearms is prohibited.

If you are interested in setting up a caravan from your location to Charleston, email info(at)wvcdl.org for help in coordinating that effort.
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