Charleston Mayor Jones Looking for Loophole in New Gun Law

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A controversial bill that regulates guns in the state of West Virginia has been signed into law.

However, the fight to drop a provision of the law that allows concealed weapons into community centers is far from over.

The law is something Charleston Mayor Danny Jones did not want to happen, but he says he has a plan B.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin defends the new law, saying it protects Second Amendment rights. He says it also creates uniformity when it comes to regulating where guns can be carried.

Jones says because many recreation centers house after-school programs, they should be treated like schools -- meaning no guns allowed.

The city is now filing an injunction in Kanawha County Circuit Court to try to make that happen.

Even though the bill has been signed, Tomblin says there's still room for compromise.

“As I said, we will continue to work with city and state officials to try to work those kinds of problems out,” Tomblin said.

“He signed the bill into law. It is on the books. Compromise? That's like saying, 'You've already beat me in the game of checkers,' but ... I mean, it's over,” Jones said.

The law doesn't go into effect for another three months. That gives the city some time to go through the court process.

If the decision is made to list recreation centers as schools, it may not include all recreation centers. Jones says those details will be hashed out in court.


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