W.Va. Gov. Signs Gun Bill; Charleston Mayor Plans Next Move

The bill allows guns inside places like recreation centers owned by municipalities.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There was no ceremony to accompany the signing of Senate Bill 317, but the governor gave it the green light on Thursday evening.

The bill has sparked major debate inside the West Virginia Capitol and inside Charleston City Hall.

It allows guns inside places like recreation centers owned by municipalities.

In an emailed statement Gov. Earl Ray said, "This evening, I signed Senate Bill 317 because I support our 2nd Amendment rights, and I also see the need for uniform and consistent gun laws throughout the state. I believe this legislation will give municipalities clarity for regulating firearms in their facilities.

"I understand the concern of those who have voiced opinions about challenges within the bill related to municipally-owned recreational centers. I will continue to work with local and state officials to address those concerns."

Meanwhile, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, who in a move of good faith encouraged council members to pass a bill that repealed the city of Charleston's more stringent gun rules, is fighting back and he is already planning his next move.

Jones emailed this statement Tuesday evening:

"We very much regret that Governor Tomblin has signed Senate Bill 317, the gun bill. We expect to proceed to Kanawha County Circuit Court to find out whether these recreation centers are, in fact, part of the Kanawha County School System. If we prevail, that would make carrying guns on the property a felony. If we do not prevail, We hope there will be no trouble at the recreation centers. If there are either shootings or shootouts, we hope none of the innocent children that take part in the programs there are hit with any stray rounds of ammunition."

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