Just two days after the Governor vetoed a constitutional carry bill, both the House and Senate have voted to override the veto, meaning constitutional carry will be the law of the land.
West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the measure on Thursday during a large press conference with a large number of law enforcement officers from throughout the state.
That didn’t stop legislators from standing up for Second Amendment rights. The House moved quickly and overrode Tomblin’s veto the yesterday by a vote of 64-33.
With the House vote already in, the Senate voted 23 to 11 during a Saturday morning floor session, making constitutional carry the law of the land.
“I recognize that there are issues as it relates to public opinion on this, but at the end of the day, it is a constitutional right and we really don’t see much difference between carrying in an open manner without a permit or putting a jacket on over your weapon and then being a felon,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael said of the vote Friday.
The bill removes the current permitting system and requirements to carry a concealed weapon over the 21 and puts in place a licensing system for 18 to 20-year-olds that includes a $50 tax credit for anyone who goes through the permitting process.
The bill will take effect in 90 days.