On more than one occasion in the past few years, first responders (fire department, EMTs and ambulance personnel) have been targeted when responding to the scene of a call out. Whether an auto accident, burning building or medical emergencies, some of our first responders have been shot at and some have been shot in the line of duty. Since they are not authorized to carry a firearm, they have no way of defending themselves and protecting their fellow responders.
Lawmakers in West Virginia have introduced a bill that would allow first responders to be properly trained and allowed to carry firearms while on the job.
(WRIC) – A bill introduced in the West Virginia Legislature would allow certain first responders to carry a firearm in the Mountain State.
House Bill 2916 will be submitted on Tuesday, January 23 by Delegates Pethtel, Hanshaw, and Lovejoy.
The bill would authorize certain first responders to carry firearms. It would also authorize supervisors to authorize…
(West Virginia Legislature) – A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §7-15-19; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §8-15-28; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-4C-24, all relating to authorizing certain first responders to carry firearms; authorizing supervising entities to authorize ambulance crew members, firefighters, rescue squad members and emergency service personnel to carry firearms; specifying the training required for them to be eligible to carry a firearm; and allowing reimbursement for the cost of the training.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §7-15-19; that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §8-15-28; and that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-4C-24, all to read as follows:…
Every first responder in the United States should not only be allowed to be armed these days, but at least first responder on every call should be trained and armed. In today’s warped society, our first responders need to be able to shoot back. Once they do, fewer whack jobs will target them as they only target them now because they now they are defenseless and can’t shoot back.