On Thursday, August 14, the Martinsburg City Council passed an ordinance (#2008-26) banning the possession of firearms in any city-owned buildings. A previous ordinance banned firearms on public property altogether. West Virginia law (§8-12-5a) strictly prohibits any municipality from passing any ordinance more stringent than current state law.
The original ordinance passed in 2005, which is still on the books, is a direct violation of this statute.
Please contact the Mayor and City Council members and urge them to repeal both of these ordinances. Please click here to contact the council members.
Mayor George Karos - (304) 267-8077
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:
Gregg Wachtel - (304) 263-7346
Richard Yauger - (304) 267-6058
Max Parkinson - (304) 263-3235
Roger Lewis - (304) 262-6168
Betty Gunnoe - (304) 263-9893
Dennis Etherington- (304) 267-4051
Rodney Woods- (304) 263-4286