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Sen. Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, speaks Thursday during a meeting of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources at the West Virginia Capitol.

CHARLESTON — A committee of West Virginia senators pushed forward a bill Thursday that would give medical personnel authority to carry firearms while working with law enforcement.

In its current form, Senate Bill 83 would create a place in state law allowing tactical medical professionals to be authorized to carry a firearm while performing the duties of their profession alongside law enforcement.

Courtney Hessler is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch, primarily covering Marshall University. Follow her on and via Twitter @HesslerHD.

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