A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Effective Tuesday, May 24, it became legal in West Virginia for qualifying state residents ages 21 and over to carry a pistol or revolver in a concealed manner without a permit.
While passage of House Bill 4145 enraged some and brought out dire warnings of gunfights in the streets if passed, the new law actually strengthens penalties for gun law violations. One thing the new law doesn’t do is eliminate the state’s concealed carry permitting process.
Residents can still go through the process to obtain a concealed carry permit for their pistol or revolver and get a $50 tax credit to offset the cost of training.
And unlike before, the new law allows people aged 18 to 20 to obtain a permit…