Charleston Councilman May Sue Over Gun Home Rule Amendment

Updated 49 weeks ago Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports
Charleston Councilman Tom Lane
Charleston Councilman Tom Lane

Charleston City Councilman Tom Lane has threatened a lawsuit after the legislature altered his city's gun control ordinance. Mayor Danny Jones has pointed out that a suit against the legislature is not permitted.

Under the legislature's renewal of the West Virginia Home Rule program, a city may not pass local laws dealing with guns. Charleston has an ordinance that prohibits the purchase of more than one handgun in a thirty day period, provides for a three day waiting period and adds a mandatory background check.

In order to continue in the home rule program, Charleston will have to repeal this ordinance 90 days prior to June 1, 2014.

An at-large Republican, Lane called the legislative amendment "hubris and arrogance", adding that he may sue the state in a personal capacity to avoid Mayor Jones warning about the city suiting itself.

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