(AP) — West Virginia lawmakers will hear from the public about a proposal to lift permitting requirements to carry concealed handguns.
The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee will hold a public meeting Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
Currently, it's legal in West Virginia to carry a gun without a permit openly, like in a holster.
A bill by Republican Del. Saira Blair would let people cover up guns without a permit in public; for instance, by wearing a coat. People ages 18 through 20 years old would still need a permit under the proposal.
Only a handful of states do not require concealed carry permits.
The bill also increases penalties for felonies committed with a gun.
Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a similar bill last year over safety concerns from law enforcement.