By Dean Weingarten
Do you think the legislature should pass the bill that lets people carry a concealed weapon without a permit?
A gun reform bill, SB 347 is waiting to be signed by Governor Tomblin. It was passed with overwhelming majorities in the West Virginia legislature. Support was strongly bi-partisan, with 32-2 in favor in the Senate (14 Democrats voting in favor) and 71-29 in the House (20 Democrats voting in favor).
Internet polls measure the ratio of people who have enough interest to participate in the given poll. Polls that pit second amendment supporters against disarmists routinely show margins of 3-10 to 1 in favor of protecting or restoring second amendment rights. The current poll in West Virginia is running a bit low in those numbers, with 69% in favor of the constitutional carry reform bill, and 31% opposed.
It appears that there is a strong push by Michael Bloomberg's organizations against the bill. I have been informed that phone banks have been created to pressure Governor Tomblin to veto the bill. Senator Manchin has issued a statement against the bill.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., issued a news release shortly after the House vote saying he opposed the measure.
“As a law-abiding gun owner, hunter, card-carrying life member of the NRA and Second Amendment advocate, I have always supported a West Virginian's right to bear arms,” Manchin said. “There is not one West Virginian whose Second Amendment rights will be infringed without this bill. With the right to bear arms comes the responsibility to use it in a safe and reasonable manner. In West Virginia, we believe in gun sense, which is common sense, and it only makes common sense for concealed carry applicants to receive proper training. I commend the brave legislators who voted no and represented their constituents who know that this is irresponsible.”
Congressman Alex Mooney came out in favor of the bill:
CHARLES TOWN, WV – Today, Republican Congressman Alex Mooney (WV-2) commended members of the West Virginia Legislature who took a stand for constitutional rights by voting to pass SB 347, the Firearms Act of 2015.
“I want to commend state legislators who voted in an overwhelmingly bi-partisan manner, 103-31 between the House and the Senate, for constitutional carry. Their vote protects the rights of responsible, law-abiding West Virginians.”
“I urge Governor Tomblin to immediately sign this bill into law to cement West Virginia’s place as a true defender of constitutional rights for gun-owning citizens.”
It is not known if Governor Tomblin will sign the bill, but it appears to have veto proof majorities in the making. Governor Tomblin signed a bill requiring confiscated firearm to be sold instead of destroyed, in 2012. In 2014, he signed a bill that preempts local governments from creating a mishmash of gun laws throughout the state.
For those who wish to see what is happening with the poll here is a link: Link to the poll
On my browser, the poll is in the middle of the page, about a third of the way down.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.