Our state Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would limit what cities can do to regulate guns. Now the House of Delegates needs to decide if they want to approve these limits.
The bill would make it so that city gun laws in West Virginia can't be more strict than a state or federal law; to avoid there being a "patchwork" of different gun laws across the state, and make it more uniform. This would be an issue for Charleston, where the guns laws are much tighter than those at the state level. Currently, Charleston residents can only buy one gun each month with a three day waiting period before the final sale.
This bill would wipe out the home rule process that started last year. That legislation was designed to give more power to local law enforcement.
In contrast to the first part of the bill, this would also let cities decide if weapons can be carried on government property within that city. This has raised a lot of concern, especially for local law enforcement.
"For safety reasons, there has to be places where you'll not be able to carry a weapon," said Marion Sheriff Joe Carpenter. "Areas like the courthouse. We have people in there who may have committed a crime against somebody, so we don't want a family member bringing a weapon in, of course."
Some people in this area said they think it's a better idea for cities to control what happens in their cities because they know their own needs and crime rates the best, but others think all cities should follow a federal law.
Marion resident Christopher Redelman said, "I believe it should be left up to the federal government, truthfully, because not all cities really understand the federal gun laws."
Feb 27, 2014 at 6:28 AMCharleston or any other city has NO constitutional right to ban or make less available to any citizen the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to purchase & arm themselves for their own defense. ANY politician that attempts otherwise, will no longer be in office. I think AMERICANS made that perfectly clear over and over again. So move forward with this socialist agenda at 'your own risk of unemployment' democrats!
Although even our constitution says NOTHING about not being allowed to carry our weapon 'anywhere' I believe citizens have more than 'accomodated' people with fact that we DO understand and 'accept' by our own consent not 'forced' that we would be okay with not carrying in a courthouse where passions during trials run high. That is the ONLY accomodation majority of citizens will 'accept.' So tread anymore on our rights and you'll see the largest overturn of leadership since the midterm elections! That is a FACT!