Charleston Councilman May Sue Over Gun Home Rule Amendment

Updated 5 years 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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