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W.Va. Senate passes bill nixing local gun laws

February 25, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill to shoot down municipal gun control laws in cities like Charleston.

The bill prohibits localities from creating ordinances to restrict selling or carrying guns and ammunition.

Municipalities could still enforce local gun ordinances in government buildings like courthouses and city halls.

West Virginia cities with local gun ordinances include Charleston, Dunbar and Martinsburg.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said he's against the legislation. He said he's concerned about citizens having the right to carry weapons to public pools, parks and other areas where children play.

Bill sponsor Sen. John Unger said the bill is meant to make gun laws uniform at the state level and protect Second Amendment rights.

The bill has moved to the House.



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