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State Municipal Gun Laws Likely to Remain
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 26, 2013 @ 6:29PM
Created on March 26, 2013 @ 5:28PM
 
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Senate President Jeffrey Kessler says a bill that would eliminate municipal gun restrictions in four cities is unlikely to proceed.
 
The bill passed the House with overwhelming support and recent rallies have urged its passage in the Senate.
 
The bill has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Government Organization. Committee Chairman Herb Snyder said he has received threats related to the bill's passage.
 
Kessler said Tuesday that those threats were part of the reason for stalling the bill.
 
Kessler also says that the affected cities are resisting the bill. He says that if people want those city laws overturned, they should work at the local level to do that.

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Mar 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM
Oh give me a break Mr. Kessler. None of you democrats in the senate had any intentions of passing this. I received my response from Senator Manchin and he, too deceived many voters last election. No more. This doesn't pass....you can look for other employment. YOU live in a state where a MAJOR majority of citizens own guns. YOU might want to think of that while voting. We get rid of those anti-constitutional politicians that we MISTAKENLY put into office from time to time. There's a lot of them getting voted out next election because that's what the voters do when we find we made a HUGe mistake last time.

I'd like to SEE the evidence that you all "supposedly" received threats. Yeah right. I did not see any dems trying to stop their liberal organized citizens groups that continue threatening those of us who disagree with your socialist dictatorship agenda. We KNOW what's going on even if you dems in the senate wish to remain ignorant and ignore the voters of this states rights! See you on election day, but you all won't be coming back into office afterwards because we are going to fire those who attempt to take any rights away from us, period!!
Mar 26, 2013 at 5:53 PM
Good men do not refuse to make necessary decisions because they receive threats. That is an expected cost of leadership. The changes proposed in this bill would help law-abiding West Virginia citizens remain within the law by creating a single set of rules for concealed carry throughout the state. The current patchwork of rules makes it easy for me to break the law without wanting to simply by doing something that is illegal in Charleston but legal here in Clarksburg. We who carry concealed weapons go to great lengths to study the laws and abide by them because we care about being legal. The current proposal would make that less complicated. Please stand up, Mr. Snyder and Mr. Kessler, and help make it easier for us to be legal. We do not all live in these four cities, so changing their laws is not an option for us, but we do visit them.
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