Morrisey hails passage of Senate bill to allow AG investigators to carry guns

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 8, 2017

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is praising the passage of a state Senate bill that would allow investigators for his office to carry firearms in the course of their official duties.

Senate Bill 436 passed the Senate with a 33-0 vote. The bill now moves to the House of Delegates.

“I greatly appreciate the Senate’s focus on advancing this commonsense, bipartisan legislation," Morrisey said. "I urge the House of Delegates to follow suit without delay.

“This legislation will protect the lives of our investigators and give them an additional sense of personal safety. Those investigators diligently work to root out fraud and wrongdoing, which can at times be dangerous.”

The legislation would require investigators to complete an extensive training program, maintain annual firearms qualifications and remain bonded through the AG's office.

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