Last year, the West Virginia legislature sought to make concealed carry universal for the State’s citizens. If you are a West Virginia citizen, and you can buy a gun after a background check, you can carry that gun concealed. Open carry was already universal for all gun owners. The governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, vetoed the legislation last year. Well, today, the West Virginia Senate overturned the veto.
The West Virginia Senate on Saturday morning overturned Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the permitless concealed carry bill.
House bill 4145 now becomes law.
The Senate approved the veto by a 23-11 vote.
Of course, Chicken Little Tomblin warns that we are all less safe now;
“West Virginia’s law enforcement officers have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe and helping us in times of need, and it’s disheartening that the members of the Legislature have chosen not to stand with these brave men and women – putting their safety and the safety of West Virginians at risk. It’s unfortunate that the concerns of officers from every law enforcement branch in the state, including the West Virginia State Police and university campus police officers, have been ignored by today’s action.’’
Of course, there are perks to becoming licensed – if you need to carry outside of West Virginia, you’ll need a CCW permit, also, thanks to the legislature a few years ago, showing a permit to a gun dealer in West Virginia, you don’t have to go through the background check phone call, because you have to have go through a background check when you renew the permit every five years. Of course, there’s not much violent crime here in West Virginia anyway, you know compared to some of our neighbors.