By JONATHAN MATTISE
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Republican-led West Virginia Senate has approved a proposal to let people 21 years old and up carry concealed guns without permits or training.
Senators passed the bill Monday by a 24-9 margin. It requires at least one additional House vote.
Currently, it’s legal in West Virginia to carry a gun openly without a permit, like in a holster.
The bill would let people cover up guns in public without a permit; for instance, by wearing a coat. People ages 18 through 20 would need a permit and training with live firing.
Only a handful of states don’t require concealed carry permits.
The bill would increase penalties for felonies committed with a gun.
Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a similar bill last year over safety concerns from law enforcement.
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