Permitless concealed carry in West Virginia soon to be law

WEST VIRGINIA (WVVA) West Virginia will soon be among seven other states where residents can carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

This comes after West Virginia Lawmakers voted this weekend to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto on House Bill 4145.

The override on Tomblin’s veto means that if you’re older than 21 and live in West Virginia, permitless concealed carry will be law in 90 days.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin originally veto’d the bill with safety concerns.

The West Virginia House and West Virginia Senate both voted to override Tomblin’s veto.

House Bill 4145 has been largely supported by the NRA.

West Virginia is currently ranked 12th in the United States in  gun death rates.

Adults ages 18 to 20 would still need a permit and complete training courses with live firing to carry.

The training courses are still available to any West Virginia resident.

One Bluefield resident, who does not agree with the new law,  says he hopes people take advantage of the courses.

“We hope that by opening up this door to let people who do not go through the process and do not take the classes will still have the training they need and exposure they need to weapons…, but we don’t have any way to control that anymore,” says Corey Nunn.

Nunn says the training programs are designed for you to learn to respect guns.

The law goes into effect on May 26.

WVVA reached out to several law enforcement agencies who say right now they are not commenting on the matter.