DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Members of the Dunbar community are concerned that current gun legislation in the Legislature will affect their ability to make decisions on a local level.
"The people of Dunbar have the right to make decisions about our people," said Mayor Jack Yeager on Monday.
A bill to nullify all city and county firearms ordinances (HB2760) swept through the House on a 94-4 vote last week. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, the bill would overturn a ban on guns inside government buildings in Dunbar, South Charleston and Martinsburg.
It would also overturn a 20-year-old Charleston ordinance aimed at ending the drugs-for-handguns trade by limiting sales to one handgun a month after a three-day waiting period.
Yeager said last week that the City Council passed a ban on guns inside Dunbar City Hall and other municipal buildings "years and years ago."
Dunbar residents, he said, pressed the issue because they wanted to feel safe while going about government-related business. The pending legislation would undermine what the people wanted, he said.
"There is no government body closer to the people than the city council," Yeager said last week. "Local people have a right to decide local decisions."
Also, Police Chief Earl Whittington announced the dates for Neighborhood Watch meetings. Ward 1's meeting will be April 13 at 3 p.m.; Ward 2, April 6 at 3 p.m.; Ward 3, March 23 at 3 p.m.; Ward 4, March 30 at 3 p.m. All meetings will take place at city hall.