Mayors: State gun law measure has no local impact

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Legislature is taking a major step toward abolishing local government firearm ordinances, but it is not believed it will have an impact locally.

The House of Delegates voted 94-4 Monday on a measure that makes clear that all such laws must be enacted at the state level.

Supporters say the goal is a uniform set of regulations for the entire state. They also see the measure as affirming the Second Amendment.

Ordinances that would be struck down include several enacted by Charleston in the 1990s. These limit handgun purchases to one a month, and require the buyer to wait 72 hours before receiving the weapon.

Charleston officials say their ordinances targeted people who buy multiple guns on behalf of somebody else. The guns then command high prices in areas with strict gun laws.

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell said he doesn’t believe the city has anything on the books that would be impacted by this measure.

“We follow state law in regard to firearms,” Newell said.

Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford said she had no knowledge of anything in the city this measure would affect.

“We follow state law as well,” she said.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp said the only thing the city has is no one can sell a gun on the street and there was no waiting period like there is in Charleston.