|UPDATE - Less than 24 hours after the governor vetoed the concealed "free carry" gun bill, the WV Legislature has decided to override it.|
ORIGINAL STORY 3/4/1016 - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill presented to the legislature by the NRA to eliminate permits and training to carry a concealed weapon.
Tomblin vetoed the bill last session, but legislators have indicated they will override the veto this year.
Tomblin vetoed the bill in a room full of law enforcement officers representing the state, counties and cities.
The bill would do away with the state's current permit and training program to carry a concealed weapon in West Virginia for anyone ages 21 and older. Permits would be required for those between 18-21.
Law enforcement agencies have expressed concerns over the legislation.
Governor Tomblin says he vetoed the bill in the interest of officers' safety.
"I have been listening, and I stand with you for the safety of the men, women and children who call our state home," the governor said.
Polling shows most West Virginians of all parties oppose eliminating the permits.