West Virginia Senate Bill 347, which would have allowed West Virginians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, passed the State House (32 to 2) and State Senate (30 to 4) by wide margins. However, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed the measure.
One group, the Firearms Policy Coalition, said the veto might have been inspired by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s fierce opposition to the civil rights proposal.
Manchin, who authored the failed Manchin-Toomey gun control proposal, attacked the West Virginia bill in a March 12 press release.
“As a law-abiding gun owner, hunter, card-carrying life member of the NRA and Second Amendment advocate,” Manchin said, SB 347 is “irresponsible and dangerous.”
“In West Virginia, we believe in gun sense, which is common sense…I commend the brave legislators who voted no.”
“Senator Manchin cannot escape his growing anti-gun record,” said Firearms Policy Coalition President Brandon Combs. “He had better enjoy being in the company of Bloomberg and his anti-gun cronies, because he doesn’t have a home among Second Amendment supporters anymore.”
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