The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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December 18, 2013

Gun rights group attempting to halt Charleston gun ordinances

CHARLESTON — A gun rights group has gone to court in an attempt to stop enforcement of Charleston's gun ordinances.

Media outlets report that the West Virginia Citizens Defense League asked Kanawha Circuit Court on Tuesday to issue an injunction against the ordinances.

The group says Charleston isn't complying with a new state law that removed the authority to regulate guns from cities participating in West Virginia's home rule program.

Charleston officials haven't decided whether to opt out of the program or modify the city's gun ordinances.

The ordinances limit handgun purchases and prohibit handguns and other deadly weapons on public property.

City Attorney Paul Ellis says the city will review the complaint and respond in court.

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