- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill letting people with concealed-carry permits bring guns to city-owned recreational facilities, including swimming pools and after-school centers.

The proposal would require people to store guns securely out of view and access to others. But they could bring them to sports venues and places that cater to children, including after-school programs.

House delegates passed the measure 92-5 Saturday. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin can sign the bill into law or veto it. The Senate passed the bill unanimously Feb. 25.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones called the bill “disgraceful.” He said it would threaten the safety of children, including hundreds who attend programs like Head Start daily in a city building.

The city has had a three-day waiting period to buy handguns for two decades.


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