Charleston Mayor Criticizes Bill’s City Gun Rules

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Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says the city's ordinance limiting handgun buys would have to be revoked if a bill passed by the Legislature becomes law.

Media outlets report that Jones criticized the bill on Monday during a meeting of the City Council's Finance Committee.

Lawmakers voted Saturday to extend a home rule pilot program for another five years. They also kept limits on municipal gun control ordinances added by the House.

Charleston is one of four cities participating in the original home rule program.

Charleston could opt out of the program when it expires at the end of June. But Jones says he believes the Legislature would continue to target the city's gun ordinance.

He also says it's unlikely that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin would veto the bill.