West Virginia Passes Campus Carry
On March 1, 2023, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed a campus carry bill into law. In signing this law, West Virginia became the 12th campus carry state in the nation.
According to a WTRF report, when Justice signed the bill on March 1, the governor declared that West Virginia is “a national leader” on gun related matters.
At the signing ceremony of the campus carry bill Justice said:
We awaken over and over and over, whether it be television broadcast or whatever it may be, to see a catastrophe happening a lot of different places in our nation many, many, many times. … Without question, when that situation happens, if we have gun-completely-free areas, to where absolutely, without any question, there is no way we can defend ourselves, then it seems those are the targets that are targeted many, many, many times.
Justice added: “If we don’t try to at least put stakes in the sand and say, ‘By God, we’re not going to do this anymore.’ Today, does anybody here not think, that has a brain in your head, that just because we don’t have this, campus carry, that people can’t bring guns on campuses for evil?”
Justice emphasized that the passage of campus ensures that lawful individuals can be armed on campus for self-defense purposes.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News noted that the 11 other states with campus carry are: Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.
West Virginia’s campus carry law will go into effect on July 1, 2024.
In passing Campus Carry, West Virginia’s pro-Second Amendment profile will undoubtedly improve. Per Guns & Ammo magazine’s best states for gun owners’ rankings in 2022, West Virginia was ranked in 19th place.
No doubt passing Campus Carry will improve West Virginia’s pro-gun stature. It’s time to ensure that all red states end up passing campus carry legislation just like other states have jumped on the Campus Carry bandwagon.