- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Roanoke Valley transit system has dropped a ban on passengers openly carrying handguns on its buses.

The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1gDqenY ) reports that Valley Metro lifted the ban after it discovered that the rule contradicted state law. The ban remains in place for employees.

Roanoke assistant city manager Sherman Stovall says the transit system acknowledges that it wasn’t in compliance with state law.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League had told Valley Metro that it lacked the authority to restrict passenger gun rights.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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