Target: West Virginia Delegate Patrick Lane
Goal: Do not erase current gun restrictions in Charleston, West Virginia.
Charleston’s, West Virginia’s current gun restrictions have been in effect since 1993. These restrictions include a three-day waiting period to buy a handgun, a limit of one handgun purchase per month, and bans on guns on publicly owned property, such as parks and pools. However, these restrictions might be lifted soon.
West Virginia Delegate Patrick Lane’s amendment to an unrelated state bill has been approved. This amendment will likely force Charleston to erase some gun restrictions. When Lane was asked why anyone would want to bring a gun to a public pool, his response was “crime could happen anyplace. You obviously want to be able to defend yourself and your family if something happens.” Hence, if someone feels unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, he or she may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at his or her side.
Even though Charleston’s mayor, Danny Jones, supports keeping the gun restrictions, he said that the city will have to do what the state legislature wants and lifts these gun restrictions. In his own words, Jones said the passing of the law will affect Charleston in a “very negative way.” Police Chief Brent Webster of Charleston also shares Jones’ fear of lifting these gun restrictions, believing that some citizens will start bringing guns to public places just because they can do that now. Also, Webster raised a very dire concern, saying “when they’re diving off the diving board, is that gun going to be in a book bag? Is that going to be lying under their towel and an eight-year-old kid is walking through the pool area and picks it up?”
Allowing people to bring guns to public places is dangerous. Like what the former Chief Dallas Staples said, it “has nothing to do with the Second Amendment right. It has to do with public safety.” Do not allow people to bring guns to public places. These gun restrictions help prevent senseless gun violence. No one wants to hear of anymore preventable gun-related deaths.
Dear West Virginia Delegate Patrick Lane,
For 20 years, Charleston has had modest gun restrictions. Even though West Virginia is a very pro-gun rights state, it does not mean that you should support passing a law that will lift all the current gun restrictions. These gun restrictions are important in preventing gun violence, which has been far too common in the United States. Already, too many children are dead because of gun violence. Charleston’s current gun restrictions include a three-day waiting period to buy a handgun, and a limit of one handgun purchase per month, as well as bans on guns on publicly owned property, such as parks and pools. These should not be erased.
Do not roll back these restrictions, especially the one banning guns on publicly owned property, such as parks and pools. Police Chief Brent Webster of Charleston raised very important questions, such as “when they’re diving off the diving board, is that gun going to be in a book bag? Is that going to be lying under their towel and an eight-year-old kid is walking through the pool area and picks it up?” No kid should come across a gun when s/he is playing at the public pool. Do not lift these restrictions. Instead help prevent unnecessary gun-related injuries and deaths.
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