CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA — A battle
is was taking place in a state looking to become the next to allow permitless concealed carry, and it looks like Governor Earl Ray Tomblin isn’t going to be victorious with his recent veto of the bill.
Citing concerns from law enforcement, the Governor made the following statement during the veto process:
“Our law enforcement officers have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe, and helping us in times of need,” said Gov. Tomblin before signing the veto. “Now it’s time for us to return the favor and veto House Bill 4145 for the safety of our law enforcement officers and all West Virginians.”
The new law, which can be viewed here, will go in effect in 90 days.
Currently, it is legal for people in West Virginia to openly carry a firearm without a permit. However to conceal a firearm, a permit is required.
This is the second time that Governor Tomblin has vetoed the bill, the first time coming just last year.