CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Legislature has passed a bill that would allow people to keep firearms locked in their vehicles while parked on their employer’s property.
The House of Delegates concurred with Senate changes to the bill and passed it again. After it is communicated to the Senate, the bill would now go to the governor.
Manufacturers have spoken out against the bill as it has moved through the Legislature.
Delegate Larry Rowe, D-Kanawha, expressed criticism again on Saturday, saying the bill would discourage industry growth in West Virginia.
Rowe also said churches that have rules against guns on their property would not be able to control their presence. Rowe described the bill as potentially unconstitutional.
“Churches have the right to control their property and we are telling them, well, no you have to allow guns on your property,” Rowe said.
Delegate Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, urged lawmakers to vote against the bill, even if they were concerned about the vote being on scorecards produced by gun lobbyists.
“If you the right thing and vote against this, I think people are still going to like you anyway,” Pushkin said.
The bill passed 87-11.