Under the bill, such restrictions would have to be enacted in state law, committee attorneys advised. Current state laws prohibiting guns on school grounds, in county courthouses and at the Capitol would remain in effect.
"The idea behind the bill is, the Legislature will enact all laws regulating gun ownership," said Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha.
Another bill to repeal Charleston's ordinance limiting handgun purchases to one per person per month (HB2558) has not been taken up by the committee. However, passage of the bill advanced Tuesday would appear to nullify that ordinance, along with all other city and county regulations regarding firearms and ammunition.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones told The Associated Press that the bill that advanced Tuesday is "not good for Charleston."
He also voiced his opposition during a Monday-night meeting of Charleston City Council.
Charleston ordinances limit handgun purchases to one per month and require a buyer to wait 72 hours before receiving the weapon.
Jones told the AP that those ordinances target attempts by drug dealers to buy up firearms in regions where they are common to sell in urban areas with strict gun control laws. Jones also noted that the city's police chief can and does grant exceptions to the purchase limit, as provided by the ordinance.
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