Technically, it will come at the end of May, but the bill has been passed into law over the veto of the Governor.
It will soon be legal for adults in West Virginia to carry hidden handguns with no training and without a permit, after the Legislature acted swiftly, and against the wishes of law enforcement, to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the legislation.
“While we completely respect the law enforcement community, we also will always come down on the side of the Constitution and ensuring that our rights are protected,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said Friday. “They want the permit process and the training associated with that, which I completely respect and admire their position, but the constitutional authority to carry a weapon is inherent in our Second Amendment.”
The bill provides a $50 tax credit for anyone who chooses to get the training necessary for a permit.
Tomblin criticized the tax credit in his veto message, calling it “ill advised” at a time when the state is facing a budget crisis.
Imagine that, a Democrat opposes something that would reduce revenue to the state.
The bill also increases criminal penalties for using a weapon while committing a crime and for felons who illegally carry a gun.