New law allows corrections officers to carry guns

(Charleston) A bill signed into law this session allows correctional officers to carry guns, but not around inmates.

After successful completion of firearms training correctional officers will receive a certificate allowing them to carry division-issued firearms during the performance of official duties and when traveling to and from work, which does not include carrying firearms in jails or near inmates.

Del. Tom Fast (R – Fayette) was a sponsor of the bill. He explained the need for the bill saying, “Sometimes [corrections officers] may be outside the facility and encounter a former prisoner or a former jail inmate. This authorizes them to be able to protect themselves in those situations.”

Corrections officers must also complete continuing training in the form of an annual firearms course.

Haley Brown

Haley Brown

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