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Charleston Targets Gun Group Over New Firearms Law

Downtown Charleston, W.Va.

  The city of Charleston is targeting a gun rights group to get court clarification on allowing firearms in some city recreational facilities.

The city amended its motion Monday by naming the state Citizens Defense League as a defendant.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wanted Charleston’s initial request in Kanawha County Circuit Court dismissed, saying it sued no one.

Last year, the league sued the city over gun ordinances. It adjusted the lawsuit after a new law passed this year.

The law allows concealed carry permit owners bring guns to city rec facilities, like swimming pools and after-school centers. Guns must be out of people’s sight and access.

The city argues bringing guns to school grounds or school event locations is a felony, so some city venues should be shielded.