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Permit-less concealed carry bill hits tax credit snag

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A proposed $100 tax credit intended to encourage residents to continue to obtain concealed carry permits for firearms has become a stumbling block, delaying action on a bill to legalize permit-less concealed carry (HB4145), Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Trump, R-Morgan, said Monday.

Trump said he delayed consideration of the bill in committee Monday over concerns the tax credit could cost the state $3 million or more a year.

“Either we take it out, or we need to send the bill on to Finance Committee,” he said.

The amendment, according to House Judiciary Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, was one of several “enhancements” intended to address concerns delegates had with the original bill.

The tax credit was added following comments made in public hearings on the bill, where speakers complained about having to pay a $100 fee for the five-year license…

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