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West Virginia Governor Vetoes Permitless Carry Bill

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is disappointed in West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of HB 4145, a permitless concealed carry bill that allows law-abiding West Virginians to carry their firearms in the manner they see fit. The legislation passed the legislature with significant bipartisan support, and the NRA hopes lawmakers reaffirm their support of this important legislation with a veto override.

 “Gov. Tomblin’s decision to veto this bill is unfortunate, especially considering the significant support HB 4145 had from both sides of the aisle,” said Dakota Moore, NRA-ILA West Virginia liaison.  “We’re hopeful that, in going back to the legislature, each chamber will promptly reaffirm the rights of law-abiding individuals.”

 HB 4145 allows law-abiding adults to carry their firearms in the manner that best suits their needs. It strengthens penalties for anyone caught with an illegal firearm. It also recognizes the self-defense needs of responsible, trained individuals between the ages of 18 and 21. If the bill becomes law, these adults, who are able to serve in our military and hold elected office, will be able to apply for a permit after undergoing training. 

 The bill now returns to the House of Delegates where the override process can be initiated. 


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