UPDATE: W.Va. Senate votes to override Governor's veto on conceal carry bill

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UPDATE 3/5/16 @ 10:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The W.Va. Senate has voted to override Governor Tomblin's veto on the conceal carry bill.

In a 23-11 vote Saturday morning, the Senate voted to override the veto.

This comes just a day after the house voted to override the bill.

The bill now becomes law in 90 days.

The bill will do away with the state’s current permit and training program to carry a concealed weapon in West Virginia for anyone ages 21 and older. Permits will be required for those between 18-21.

Governor Tomblin said at the news conference he vetoed the bill in the interest of officers' safety.

In his veto message the governor also expressed concern about the $50 tax credit for those who want to get training. Tomblin called it “ill-advised and unclear.”

Governor Tomblin issued the following statement Saturday following the announcement of the override, saying in part: “West Virginia’s law enforcement officers have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe and helping us in times of need, and it’s disheartening that the members of the Legislature have chosen not to stand with these brave men and women – putting their safety and the safety of West Virginians at risk. It’s unfortunate that the concerns of officers from every law enforcement branch in the state, including the West Virginia State Police and university campus police officers, have been ignored by today’s action."

UPDATE 3/4/16 @ 11:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Less than 24 hours after the governor vetoed the conceal carry gun bill, the house has decided to override it.

It will now go to the Senate for consideration. The Senate would have to vote to override it before it become law.

However, the Senate won't vote on the measure until this weekend. The Senate adjourned for the day and will reconvene on Saturday at 9 a.m.

The house voted to override the veto 64-33.

The bill would do away with the state’s current permit and training program to carry a concealed weapon in West Virginia for anyone ages 21 and older. Permits would be required for those between 18-21.

Dozens of law enforcement officers from across the state attended a news conference Thursday when Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the veto.

Officers have expressed concerns over the legislation.

Governor Tomblin said at the news conference he vetoed the bill in the interest of officers' safety.

In his veto message the governor also expressed concern about the $50 tax credit for those who want to get training. Tomblin called it “ill-advised and unclear.”



ORIGINAL STORY 3/3/16
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ & WV MetroNews) -- Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed the conceal carry gun bill.

The bill would do away with the state’s current permit and training program to carry a concealed weapon in West Virginia for anyone ages 21 and older. Permits would be required for those between 18-21.

The governor announced the measure at a news conference Thursday with dozens of local law enforcement agencies who have expressed concerns over the legislation. The officers represented every law enforcement branch in the state.

Governor Tomblin says he vetoed the bill in the interest of officers' safety.

"I have been listening, and today [Thursday] I stand with you for the safety of the men, women and children who call our state home," the governor said. "Our law enforcement officers have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe. Now it’s time for us to return the favor and veto HB4145."

The bill passed the House with a 61 to 31 vote. The Senate approved it 24 to 9.

The legislature has time to override the veto. The last day of the session is March 12.



 
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