West Virginia Legislature proposes bill to bring guns on work property

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A new bill related to gun control is headed to the State Senate Judiciary Committee. 

The bill that would allow employees to keep a gun in their car while at work passed in the House, Tuesday, February 27.

The House bill is known as the “Business Hospitality Protection Act.”

The majority of people our sister station, 59News, spoke with, like Tim Thomas of Rainelle, say they do not see an issue with keeping a gun in a vehicle at work. 

“I would have absolutely no problem keeping a gun in your car at the workplace,” said Thomas.

Other people, like Carol Edwards of Rainelle, think keeping a gun in your car could cause an increase in crime.

“No, I don’t think so, they don’t need to be leaving guns in cars. If you’re gonna be packing a gun you should take it with you,” said Edwards.

Currently an employer can prohibit from carrying or possessing a firearm or deadly weapon on the property. Those who refuse to hand over the weapon on business property can be charged with a misdemeanor.

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