CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the municipal gun bill into law Tuesday evening and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said the city would challenge it in court.

In a prepared statement Tomblin said he signed Senate Bill 317 because he supports 2nd Amendment rights.

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Charleston Mayor Danny Jones has promised signs like this at the city’s recreational centers.

“I also see the need for uniform and consistent gun laws throughout the state. I believe this legislation will give municipalities clarity for regulating firearms in their facilities,” Tomblin said.

Mayor Jones said the law will allow guns to be brought into recreational centers where Head Start and after school programsĀ are held. He said the city would fight the law in court hoping to get the rec centers recognized as school facilities, where guns are illegal.

“We believe these recreational centers are in fact schools,” Jones told MetroNews Tuesday evening. “If that is in fact the case then not only will it not only be permissible it will be a felony.”

Gov. Tomblin said he understood the concerns when it comes to municipally-owned recreational centers.

“I will continue to work with local and state officials to address those concerns,” Tomblin promised.

Mayor Jones met with Tomblin about the bill two weeks ago and is not surprised that he signed it.

“There’s no upsideĀ to him vetoing this bill. Not politically, it’s just not there,” Jones said. “For me there’s just no moral upside to sign it but that’s not a choice I get to make.”

Jones said the city leaders of Charleston would fight the law as much as possible.

“I want it to be on record that the City of Charleston and its leadership did everything to stop it in case there is a calamity at one of these rec centers because the legislature put guns in there,” the mayor said.

Charleston City Council rescinded its controversial gun purchase ordinance last week.


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  • Independent View

    As Jerry Garcia said: "what a long strange journey it's been." And it has since 1993, but the people of WV have spoken loud and clear through its elected representatives. We WILL have uniform gun laws throughout WV and the authority to legislate those laws rests solely with the state.
    Additionally, it is somewhat amusing and speaks to Danny Jones' myopic view of things. The 2013 legislature had an amendment to the Home Rule attached that became law. It stated that any municipality that wished to participate in home rule must repeal its gun ordinances. Did Jones follow the law? NO and he thumbed his nose at it! The WV Citizens Defense League filed suit against the City in Kanwaha County Circuit Court asking the court to force Charleston to follow the law. Danny Jones has spent $65k fighting this suit. Now that SB 317 has been signed by the governor, it's a moot question.
    Compare & contrast: if Danny Jones could thumb his nose at the provision of the Home Rule Bill that he did not like and questioned its legality, but when it came to using Home Rule to pass a city sales tax then, the law was perfectly acceptable.
    The mayor's thought process defies logic, but give him credit he is an old-school politician that knows how to create hysteria, use humans as props for his TV rants and ignores laws that do not suit his objectives. The mayor of WV's capitol city should not be acting like a child!

    • editerguy

      Long strange trip. Not journey. Sounds like you've been living on reds, vitamin C, and cocaine too long.

      • Independent View

        What a snarky remark about somebody you do not even know.
        It also sounds like you know a lot more about being a Dead Head that me.

        • Jason412

          Editerguys comment about reds and Vitamin C is also a Grateful Dead quote.

  • B. Wayne

    Oh Danny, it seems like he still hasn't calmed down after his embarrassing performance on Decision Makers. Instead of putting all of his time and effort into stopping a good common sense law that only protects law abiding citizens, he needs to work up a plan to run the trash off the West Side. If he put just half of the city's efforts into that goal then there wouldn't be as many shootings, stabbings, or drug related problems.

  • whatamoroon

    Well I guess a recreational center can certainly be a "school" because Charleston City Hall is a "three ringed circus".

    • Must Go

      After reading the statement by the Mayor; my first thought was "what a moroon". Then I scroll down for comments and the first thing I see is; "whatamaroon". LOL!!!

  • Come on Danny

    I guess our user fee is going into the making of these signs.

  • Jim N Charleston

    Danny boy

    I hope very soon you make the call to someone who took over in the Medical Practice of Dr Jack Kevorkian. You would be the perfect patient. They can really help you and all of us.

  • The bookman

    As is the case with drugs, restricting access to guns has ZERO effect on criminal behavior, except for creating safe criminal zones free from citizen repercussion.

    • Must Go

      agree 100%!

  • dusty

    Well i guess your going to pull-out of Home Rule,say goodbye to sales tax.Can you believe this joker?

  • Dr Nate

    Danny, bring your simple ..... Down here on the westside and put one of your signs on every twenty five year old car, riding on 22 inch rims, and post a couple more at Exxon at Fla st, kids in there all the time, robbed how many times last year?? And how many times has westside school been put on lock down?? Save some for 7/11 on Washington st. Taco bell at Patrick st, girl shot up in bathroom....Danny, you don't have the cash, to buy enough of those ra-tarded signs!!!

    • Abbagoochie

      This is why i carry because of all those black bastards who run the streets at will. Another shooting and of course black human debris pulled the trigger. Its always like that pure and simple.

  • Terri

    Thank you for signing SB317 into law.

    The State of West Virginia thanks you!

  • Biggest Deal

    Once old Danny Boy's fight is over will he reimburse the city for the monetary loss he will cause fighting a useless battle?

  • Wowbagger

    Governor Tomblin,

    Thank you for supporting the Second Ammendment and what is truly a common sense gun law!

    • Big Deal

      I'm all for the 2nd amendment, but common sense to me means that I don't and shouldn't have to carry a gun with me everywhere I go.

      • Really?

        I can see why people with common sense such as yours needs the government to tell them how to run their life. The rest of us don't need it..

        The law doesn't make you carry a weapon anywhere - it more clearly defines where you can or can't statewide and de-criminalizes to some extent legally permitted, law abiding tax paying, voting citizens when unknowingly conceal carrying their weapons in areas where they are not supposed to.

      • Wowbagger

        Agreed, but you shouldn't be prosecuted and criminalized if you forget you have it.

      • Terri

        Common sense to me is allowing to bring my gun with me IN CASE my life or my loved ones lives are threatened.

      • Biggest Deal

        The law does not force anyone to carry. It simply allows them to carry and eliminates several Gun Free Zones otherwise known as a criminal's bed and breakfast.

      • Bigger Deal

        You shouldn't have to carry a gun everywhere, but until mayor Jones invests OUR tax money in actually arresting criminals instead of manufacturing ridiculous signage for rec centers and fighting what the majority wants in court, you might feel safer doing so.

  • TB

    Using the Mayor's logic if you outlaw firearms on the West Side and put up signage the criminal behavior will not occur.

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  • Aaron

    Why waste city taxpayer funds when your city is crumbling around you?

  • The Answer

    Hey mayor didn't I just see on the news about 2 hours ago
    where your west side was just shot up 4 times in less than 12 hours.
    And the idiot wonders why people want to carry legally in his SAFE city..
    By the way still looking for some free garbage bags up Elkview River way...

  • Mertz

    Really Danny... Really? Charleston needs new, progressive leadership. Let the citizens go on record and ask Charleston Why they are not focusing on "real issues" like the alleged Transit Mall drug problems? Shootings etc. C'mon Danny. Really?