The West Virginia House voted on Friday and officially overrode a gubernatorial veto on Saturday to pass an NRA-backed radical gun law that does away with the permit and training program for people 21 and older who want to carry a concealed weapon, making West Virginia one of the most far-reaching states for gun rights and the eighth state to pass such a law.
The law was vehemently opposed by law enforcement across the state. “Allowing just anyone to carry a concealed weapon,” explains Samantha Page, “means that law enforcement officers have no way of knowing whether someone might be armed” or trained to use a weapon.
All this despite numerous studies showing that states with looser gun laws have higher rates of gun violence. The small state of West Virginia ranks 12th in the nation for gun violence.