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House Holds Public Meeting on Permitless Gun Bill


West Virginia lawmakers are hearing from the public this morning about a proposal to lift permitting requirements to carry concealed handguns.

The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee will scheduled the public meeting for this morning 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.