Thursday, March 3, 2016

West Virginia no-permit hidden gun bill vetoed again

(AP) — For a second-straight year, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed legislation that would let people carry hidden guns without permits or training.

The Democrat vetoed the bill over safety concerns from law enforcement. He nixed similar legislation last year.

He announced the decision Thursday at a news conference where he was surrounded by police officers.

The Republican-led Legislature could override his veto with a simple majority vote.

It's legal in West Virginia to carry a gun openly — in a holster, for instance — without a permit.

The bill would let people conceal guns in public without permits, by wearing a coat for example. 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.