West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) has officially vetoed a bill that would have made WV a constitutional carry state.
Tomblin issued the following statement:
“Throughout my career, I have strongly supported the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by my repeated endorsements and high grades from the National Rifle Association. However, I must also be responsive to the apprehension of law enforcement officers from across the state, who have concerns about the bill as it relates to the safety of their fellow officers.
It also would eliminate the required gun safety training courses for those applying for a concealed carry permit. In light of these concerns and in the interest of public safety for all West Virginians, I have vetoed Senate Bill 347.”
According to WV Metro News he further added:
“There comes a time when you’ve got to make a decision and it’s one that, even since the bill’s passed, I’ve had a lot of legislators call me and urge me to veto the bill,” Tomblin said.
“Even though the numbers may have said one thing on the board, I think there’s different feelings among the legislators when it comes down to actually signing the bill into law or vetoing the bill.”