A West Virginia bill introduced earlier this year would give officers who enforce truck weight limits the authority to carry handguns as an increased safety measure. SB256, introduced by Sen. William Wooton (D-Beckley), is in the Senate judiciary committee. A similar bill (HB4311) introduced in the House by Rep. Virginia Mahan (D-Green Sulphur Springs) is in the House finance committee.
Cameron Lewis, director of the state's weights enforcement division, says legislation to arm officers is long overdue. "Times have changed," Lewis said. "We are concerned for the officers safety. Our officers handle everything from stolen trucks to illegal immigrants and we are the only enforcement division not armed."