Monday, February 22, 2016

West Virginia Senate OKs permitless concealed gun bill

(AP) — The Republican-led West Virginia Senate has approved a proposal to let people 21 years old and up carry concealed guns without permits or training.

Senators passed the bill Monday by a 24-9 margin. It requires at least one additional House vote.

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. People ages 18 through 20 would 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.