The West Virginia House of Delegates Judiciary Committee held a meeting yesterday to gauge public opinion on instituting constitutional, sometimes called “permitless,” carry. The state currently allows permitless open carry with some restrictions, but the new proposal would do away with the requirement of a permit for most residents to carry concealed.
This proposal represents the second attempt by West Virginia lawmakers to implement permitless carry—the previous measure was ultimately vetoed. To address previous concerns, the current proposal includes three new provisions—penalties for gun felonies may be increased, people between the ages of 18 and 20 would still need to obtain a permit and complete a training course, and the law would only apply to state residents.
While Gov. Tomblin has threatened to veto this bill as well, enough support is expected from Republicans and pro-gun Democrats to override the possible veto.