Monday, February 8, 2016

West Virginia House approves concealed gun bill without permits

(AP) — The Republican-led West Virginia House of Delegates has approved a bill that would lift permit requirements to carry a covered-up gun.

Delegates passed the concealed carry legislation Monday by a 68-31 margin. It heads to the Senate.

Currently, it's legal in West Virginia to carry a gun openly without a permit, like in a holster.

The bill would let people cover up guns in public without a permit; for instance, by wearing a coat. Under the proposal, people ages 18 through 20 would still need a permit and training with live firing.

Only a handful of states don't require concealed carry permits.

The bill would increase penalties for felonies committed with a gun.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a similar bill last year over safety concerns from law enforcement.