West Virginia Lawmakers OK Employee Guns in Locked Cars

CHARLESTON–  Employees in West Virginia could bring their loaded guns to work as long as they are locked in their cars, according to a measure approved by the Legislature.

The Senate’s 32-1 approval Friday followed previous 85-14 House passage.

It says the property owner cannot prohibit any customer, employee or invitee from having a legally owned gun in its parking lot provided the weapon is inside a locked vehicle or compartment.

Businesses would be prohibited from even asking whether anyone has a gun locked in a car or truck. Violations would be subject to civil penalties up to $5,000.

Supporters say it would expand Second Amendment rights in West Virginia.

Critics said it would make workplaces more dangerous and West Virginia less attractive to companies that want to control their premises.

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