You have to give West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin credit for Machiavellian use of power. He cleverly waited until the legislature adjourned, sine die, before vetoing the popular constitutional carry bill. The bill SB 347, would have removed some of the restrictions on carrying concealed weapons by those who can legally own them. It passed with overwhelming margins and bipartisan support in both the Senate (32-2) and the House (71-29). For a non budget bill, such as SB 347, simple majorities would have been enough to override a veto.
Which is why the Governor waited until the legislature adjourned. With the legislature adjourned, overriding a veto becomes much, much harder. Perhaps some in the legislature will try to convene a special session. It seems unlikely, with most of the disarmist media calling for the veto. Second amendment supporters say that they will continue to push for constitutional carry.
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