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Guest column: Protecting citizens' rights

April 13, 2013
By DEL. RANDY SWARTZMILLER , Weirton Daily Times

As the 2013 regular session of the 81st legislature is coming to a close, I am pleased to say a number of bills that I have sponsored and worked on have cleared the House of Delegates and have been introduced to the State Senate. House Bill 2534 is being considered by Senate committees and involves the requirement of pawnbrokers to ask for photo identification when a person comes into a pawnshop wishing to sell an item or items. Another bill I have sponsored, HB 2471, entails that our second amendment rights are protected during a state of emergency. I have put forth great efforts towards the passage of each of these pieces of legislation and I believe that House Bills 2534 and 2471 will help to ensure the safety of West Virginia citizens.

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