3/26/14 | by Chris Eger
A bill that eliminates city ordinances on carrying and selling firearms was signed into law by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Tuesday over the objections of Charleston’s mayor.
Designated as Senate Bill 317, the act would require cities in the state to scrub local restrictive anti-gun laws from their books. The bill was widely received in the State Senate, where it passed unanimously, before soaring through the State House of Delegates by a 92-5 vote.
“This evening, I signed Senate Bill 317 because I support our 2nd Amendment rights, and I also see the need for uniform and consistent gun laws throughout the state,” Tomblin said in a statement. “I believe this legislation will give municipalities clarity for regulating firearms in their facilities.”
The bill, would require several cities, such as Charleston, South Charleston, Martinsburg and Dunbar, to void current laws that mandate a three-day waiting period for handguns and ration gun purchases to one per month. It further has a ‘guns in parking lots’ clause that would allow firearms to remain in personal vehicles on city property, so long as they are locked out of sight.
Its most controversial tenet, is that it would forbid cities from restricting legal concealed carry in all municipal buildings with the exception of ‘buildings dedicated to government operations,’ thus making parks and community centers approved areas.