WVa may weigh measure to allow concealed guns without permit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dec 17, 2015, 11:49 AM ET

Lawmakers in West Virginia are gearing up for another attempt at making it legal to carry concealed weapons in the state without a permit, and their chances of success are high.

The Republican-led Legislature overwhelmingly passed a measure earlier this year to allow people to carry out-of-sight guns without a permit. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed it, citing safety concerns and an outcry from law enforcement. The Legislature ran out of time and wasn’t able to hold a vote attempt at overriding the veto.

Sen. Bill Cole, the president of West Virginia’s Senate, said legislators are working on a new version of the legislation for to appease law enforcement’s concerns, and some possibilities have emerged: increasing penalties for gun-related crimes, requiring 18- to 21-year-olds to undergo the gun training currently required for concealed carry permits, and limiting the new law to West Virginia residents.

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