After Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a measure in March to allow concealed carry of firearms in the state without a permit, another proposal is being warmed up.
The Republican-led bill in the state senate to allow constitutional carry passed in an easy 32-2 vote while the House approved it 79-21. However it ran into trouble after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who represents the region, joined with the West Virginia Sheriff Association, a number of mayors in the state and national gun control groups to call for Tomblin’s veto, which he delivered on March 20.
At the time, Tomblin voiced his support for the Second Amendment, but vetoed the measure in favor of public safety saying, “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.”
Now a move to reboot the failed legislation is underway, the Associated Press reported. State Senate President Sen. Bill Cole, who is also running as a GOP candidate for Tomblin’s job, is working with lawmakers to craft a new version of the bill to expand gun rights.
“The crooks, the drug dealers, they already have a gun under their coat, and they don’t have a concealed carry permit,” Cole said.
The revamped proposal would include some changes to help gain more approval, for…