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Gov. Tomblin vetoes concealed weapons bill

Governor cites law enforcement and public safety concerns in vetoing SB347

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today vetoed Senate Bill 347, creating Firearms Act of 2015.

The bill, which some opponents had labeled the ‘Wild West’ bill in public discussion, would allow anyone to carry a concealed weapon without first obtaining a permit:

“Throughout my career, I have strongly supported the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by my repeated endorsements and high grades from the National Rifle Association. However, I must also be responsive to the apprehension of law enforcement officers from across the state, who have concerns about the bill as it relates to the safety of their fellow officers. It also would eliminate the required gun safety training courses for those applying for a concealed carry permit. In light of these concerns and in the interest of public safety for all West Virginians, I have vetoed Senate Bill 347.”

The bill, among other things, called for “…removing the requirement of a license to carry a concealed handgun afield …”

Click here to see the entire bill.

Senate Bill 347


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