Local news reports
West Virginia would join a handful of states not requiring
concealed-handgun permits under a bill that appears headed for Gov. Earl
Ray Tomblin's desk.
The Republican-run House of Delegates voted
71-29 Thursday to drop concealed-carry permit requirements, with some
crossover from both parties. Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Vermont and
Wyoming have similar laws.
Senators approved a slightly different version of the bill late last month.
carry, such as in a holster on a hip, is legal without a permit in West
Virginia. Thirty-one states have some variety of open-carry rules.
Covering up handguns out of plain sight -- such as with a coat -- requires a permit now.
House version requires people who carry concealed handguns to be 21
years old, with exceptions for people older than 18 who serve in the
Proponents said the bill is about 2nd Amendment rights.