The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

State News

March 19, 2014

City council repeals its handgun sales ordinance

CHARLESTON — Charleston’s City Council has repealed a 1993 ordinance that limited handgun sales in the city.

The move is in response to state legislation that prohibits municipalities from having firearm regulations that are greater than those of the state or federal governments.

Charleston’s ordinance required a 72-hour waiting period for handgun sales. It also limited handgun sales to one per person per month.

Media outlets report that council members repealed the ordinance Monday night after Mayor Danny Jones suspended the rules for a vote.

The Legislature approved the state measure during this year’s regular session.

The bill also allows people with concealed-carry permits to bring guns to city-owned recreational facilities, including swimming pools and after-school centers.

Jones told the council that he hopes Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoes the legislation.


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