What are you supposed to do if you have a concealed carry permit, carry a concealed carry weapon for self-protection but know that when you pull into a parking lot, the company or business bans firearms? Normally, you would find a way to secure your weapon in your car, but what it there is a sign that prohibits firearms on the property, including your car? What do you do if it’s your employer?
Those questions for West Virginia residents were answered this past week when Gov. Jim Justice signed the Business Liability Protection Act (HB 4187). The bill requires all private businesses to allow customers and employees to keep their firearms in the cars in the parking lots of the companies.
(Charleston Gazette-Mail) – Gov. Jim Justice has signed into law a National Rifle Association-backed bill that will require private businesses and associations to allow employees, customers and visitors to keep firearms in vehicles parked on private property.
Justice did not provide any public comment or notice of the bill signing, and calls to the governor’s communications office and to Communications Director Butch Antolini were not returned Thursday.
Although titled the “Business Liability Protection Act,” the bill (House Bill 4187) had opposition from many in the business community, including the West Virginia Business and Industry Council, which called the bill “an unwarranted and unnecessary intrusion on any business owner’s property rights.”
While the bill passed both houses of the Legislature by wide margins — 85-14 in the House of Delegates, 32-1 in the Senate — it drew notable opposition from House Judiciary Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, who cast his first “no” vote on a pro-gun bill, in part, because he said it will hurt the state’s ability to compete for manufacturing and chemical processing plants…
With a growing number of businesses banning firearms, a growing number of employees and customers have been complaining about feeling more vulnerable due to companies also banning firearms from their entire property including their parking lots. This bill was designed to give these people some protection and feeling of safety in their travel to and from work and various businesses.