An editorial from The Exponent Telegram
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — With so many issues to address in a relatively short 60-day session, we’re amazed lawmakers chose to tackle some things that appeared fine as is.
Case in point: Concealed carry gun permits.
Currently under state law, anyone who can legally possess a gun can carry it in plain view. However, to conceal that weapon, a permit is needed.
County sheriff’s departments are tasked with issuing those permits. Residents who apply undergo a background check, must demonstrate knowledge of gun safety and proper use and pay a fee.
Such a system provides the public with another background check (besides the one required to purchase a gun). It also allows the sheriff and others in law enforcement to know who’s allowed to legally carry a concealed weapon and provides much-needed funding for sheriff’s departments.
All of that goes away under the bill…