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W.Va. Delegate Proposing Constitutional Carry Law

Delegate Michael Folk wants to propose a constitutional carry bill, that would mean gun owners don't need to get a permit or go through training to possess a concealed weapon in public.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -When the legislative session kicks off next month in West Virginia, one local lawmaker wants to see changes when it comes to the state's concealed carry laws.

Delegate Michael Folk wants to propose a constitutional carry bill, that would mean gun owners don't need to get a permit or go through training to possess a concealed weapon in public. Folk says crime will not be affected if people start carrying concealed weapons without permits nor training.

"The accidental shootings in West Virginia are slim to none and most that you see are literally during hunting season," said Del. Michael Folk of (R) -Berkeley, District 63. "There is not much of a record out there, or huge problems of accidental shootings."

However, Sheriff Vince Shambaugh of Morgan County, as well as other law enforcement officials are against the proposed bill, saying that people should know anyone who's carrying a weapon especially in public facilities.

"A lot of folks have no outside training at all on the safety aspects and things of that nature to carry that weapon concealed and loaded," said Sheriff Vince Shambaugh of Morgan County Sheriff's Office. "The training tells them where they can go and where they can't go with that weapon, it could be a federal building, government building or schools."

Folk has other concerns such as implementing new state programs, he says the state is in a budget shortfall and new programs will add to it.

"We need to pay our current long term liabilities before we can make new commitments and make a new pot of money, that future politicians may get a hold of and abuse," said Folk.

Folk also wants education reform including requiring elections for state school board members. The delegate also wants to empower local school districts, as well as eliminate Common Core State Standards Initiative in West Virginia.

Folk says he wants amend the purchasing law, making the government more accountable and provide clarity in state purchases, to prevent non-competitive bidding practices, and to implement criminal penalties for not complying with purchasing laws.
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