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Jones Still Fighting Gun Bill Passed By WV Legislature

Reported: Mar. 11, 2014 12:26 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 11, 2014 6:20 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bob Aaron) – Charleston Mayor Danny Jones is still fighting the gun bill passed by the Legislature that would limit city's ability to restrict carrying guns on city property.

Jones hopes to persuade the governor to veto Senate Bill 317. If that doesn't work, he will try the court system.

While Jones has given up on keeping Charleston's pistol purchase restrictions, he is still looking for a way out of the legislation that would permit licensed concealed carry at city recreation centers. The King Center houses a head start program. Jones argued that guns and kids don't mix and plans to make it clear it's not safe if lawmakers win this round and the bill becomes law.

The bill also removes grandfather regulations like Charleston’s three-day waiting period. But this fight is not over. The battle could focus on the provision to limit those buildings a city may restrict and regulate the carrying of firearms to specific locations such as courthouses and city halls. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has 15 days to decide if he will sign it, excluding Sundays.



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