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House Of Delegates Votes To Make State Gun Regulations Consistent
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Mar. 11, 2013 6:42 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 12, 2013 11:25 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
By an overwhelming 94-4 vote, House of Delegates members approved a bill that would make West Virginia's gun laws consistent across the board.
The measure would do away with local ordinances, such as the ones on the books in Charleston. South Charleston and Dunbar.
"Well, I think it's important that we have a uniform code among the state so that all our residents across the state of West Virginia understand our laws," Del. Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, said.
The Charleston regulations limit handgun purchases to one a month. The city also requires a three-day waiting period between buying a handgun and actually getting it.
Because the capital city's rules are different from its neighboring municipalities, the regulations put retailers like Cabela's at a disadvantage. The bill's supporters said that is one thing that needs to be corrected.
"It's kind of ironic in here in Charleston, W.Va., within about a hundred yard stretch, and as close sometimes as a couple hundred feet, you have various outfits selling guns with different restrictions, different rules and different regulations," Skaff said.
Three members of the Kanawha County delegation were among the four no votes. The bill's opponents question the wisdom of taking local control away from the cities.
"It's amazing to me that this body continues to go toward more local control," Delegate Meshea Poore, (D) Kanawha County said. "We talk about home rule and that our city municipalities know what they need to do for their areas. But then when it comes to guns, violence and crime then the state legislatures are the only ones who know what's right and what's not."
The measure now goes to the state senate for further consideration.
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