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DESPITE HEAVY OBJECTIONS FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT, WEST VIRGINIA PASSES ISANE NEW (RELAXED) GUN LAW



NOTE: I love West Virginia.  Only two hours from the Capital of the Free Market World, Washington, D.C., the "Wild and Wonderful" state and John Denver's "Almost Heaven" is gorgeous and tons of Washingtonians have weekend cabins there.  One little secret: Back in the 1970's, a gay couple started buying up property in Hardy County, sold a whole bunch of lots and cabins to gay men and women and today, Hardy County is almost a satellite community of that oh so gay neighborhood in D.C., Dupont Circle.  Until a year ago, a friend of mine had a cabin there and I've spent many, many days roaming the mountains, fingering the tons of junk collectables at Rio Mall.  (And it's pronounced "Rye-Oh," not like that river in Texas where all those Messican illegals swim across daily.)  Hardy County's year round, permanent residents, the natives let's say, are very accommodating to us gays - invariably friendly - since a large part of their economy depends on Washington's LGBT community spending our dollars there.  Winters, however, are a bitch!

And, yes, West Virginia is gun country.   Always has been, always will be. The state is rural, pretty poor, and there was a time not so very long ago, when West Virginians probably got a good deal of their daily protein from the woods, fields and mountains that surround them. After all, possum, squirrels, badgers, deer, pheasants, ducks and all means of other critters abound in "Almost Heaven."     Plus, when a rattlesnake slithers him or herself in front of you while you're out hiking, a gun is a good piece of protection to have at hand.  As for me, I've always found West Virginia natives  practical and  decidedly down to earth.   They did elect a moderate Republican Governor (back when there was such a thing) first in 1977, Jay Rockefeller of Exxon-Mobil heritage, until 1984 and then sent him to the U.S. Senate where he served until his retirement last year.  So I'm not at all surprised that the people of West Virginia and the state's police officers were not all that gung ho over the bill that the Republican led Legislature passed.  


Monday Mar 07, 2016
DAILY KOS

West Virginia lawmakers ignored heavy objections from law enforcement, desperate pleas from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and all common sense, overriding a veto and passing a law makes makes it legal for adults to carry concealed guns without training and without permits:
Tomblin held a rare veto-signing ceremony Thursday, surrounded by dozens of police officers, to try to convince legislators to let the veto stand. 
“I urge you to look around this room for a moment and see that law enforcement are concerned about this bill,” Tomblin said Thursday. 
Never mind heavy opposition from law enforcement, the West Virginia lawmakers moved forward, overwhelmingly voting to override the governor’s veto. Safety of the residents be damned, they did it in the name of the Constitution:
“While we completely respect the law enforcement community, we also will always come down on the side of the Constitution and ensuring that our rights are protected,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said Friday. “They want the permit process and the training associated with that, which I completely respect and admire their position, but the constitutional authority to carry a weapon is inherent in our Second Amendment.” 


The bill was passed, despite clear opposition from residents:
Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, noted that public opinion polling was overwhelmingly against allowing permitless concealed weapons.
“This bill is not just a slap in the face to the governor, which often times many of us are happy to do,” Palumbo said, “it’s a slap in the State Police’s face, sheriffs, municipal police officers and the vast majority of our constituents.” 
Needless to say, the National Rifle Association is thrilled:
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds the West Virginia state legislature for overriding Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of HB 4145, making constitutional carry the law in West Virginia.
“Self-defense is a fundamental right that must be respected,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “Law-abiding West Virginians are now free to choose the method of self-defense that best suits their needs. The NRA and our five million members are pleased that the legislature voted in support of West Virginians’ Second Amendment freedoms.”



PS: So much for the will of West Virginia's residents and voters.  I'm hoping that come November there will be a massive house-cleaning of Republican state legislatures and Congressional seats. Perhaps the popularity of Donald Trump (to say nothing of TexoNazi Ted Cruz) will make more folks - Republicans and Reagan Democrats alike - realize that Republicans are not interested in you and me or the poor, or minorities, veterans, the elderly, and just about everyone except for old White guys.   




PPS: Historical Notes:  The State of West Virginia was formed in 1863 when six northwestern counties seceded from the State of Virginia to remain a part of the United States when Virginia decided to secede and became one of the Confederate States of America.  Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, is the site of John Brown's famous raid on the U.S. Army Arsenal back in 1859 that was one of the sparks that led to the Civil War.   

HAVE A WILD AND WONDERFUL DAY!

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