With great power comes great responsibility. The topic of eliminating concealed carry in West Virginia is picking up steam. In March, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a measure to make concealed carry permits optional.
He considered safety concerns and an outcry from law enforcement. However, Republican state Senate President Bill Cole says there is enough support for the measure to revisit it in January.
“The responsible individuals truly fall under second amendment,” Scott Lester said.
Scott Lester, a concealed carry permit holder, says responsibility is key
“You need to be extremely responsible and I would never harm or act in any type of violent fashion, but I do think in the world we live it is a precautionary measure,” Lester said.
In West Virginia it’s already legal to open carry, but with the repeal concealed carry, gun carriers wouldn’t need to a permit to put their guns in a coat, or something similar.
“There’s people out there, in my opinion, that don’t need a weapon in public,” Scott Calhoun said.
Calhoun, the owner of Gunsmoke indoor range, believes there isn’t enough regulations in place for concealed carry training.
“Even if you skip the concealed carry classes, take that out of the equation, I still feel that they need to go through a background check, in order to acquire or carry a pistol in public,” he said.
If Tomblin vetoes the bill again, the Republican-led Legislature would need only a simple majority to overturn the it.