West Virginia state Representative Saira Blair (R-Berkley) has introduced legislation to residents of her state to carry concealed handguns without a permit.
Legislation allowing permitless carry passed in 2015, but Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed the bill after Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) pressured him to do so.
The Herald-Dispatch reports that the legislation introduced by Representative Blair, House Bill 4145, would allow West Virginians 21 and older to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. Such residents already have the option of openly carrying a handgun without a permit. Blair’s bill simply extends permitless carry to concealed weapons.
Her bill continues to require a permit for people 18 to 21 years of age.
If it passes and is signed into law, West Virginia would join Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Vermont, and Wyoming in allowing open or concealed carry without a permit.
Moms Demand Action has already come out against the legislation, arguing that it is dangerous to allow West Virginians to exercise their Second Amendment rights without government oversight.
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