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Ohio County Magistrate Weighs In On Controversial Gun Bill


 Its a new bill in the Mountain State taking aim at a new era of gun control.

Last Thursday the House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 347, eliminating many requirements for those wanting to carry a concealed weapon and its not sitting well with many in the law enforcement community.

“You’re putting firearms in the hands of people out there that again haven’t demonstrated any competence with them,” said Ohio County Magistrate Joe Roxby.

Magistrate Roxby would know the gun argument better than most.

Not only a magistrate and former police officer, but he’s also an avid gun owner and award winning shooter, but there are parts of this new legislation that doesn’t add up to the magistrate.

“Truthfully in my heart of hearts they’re fixing something that’s not broken. If they wanted to add something for hikers or something to be able to do it, maybe buy a one day permit a dollar or something like that, a very nominal fee. That might be something very useful. To turn things kind of on its head right now, I don’t think it serves any good purpose,” added Roxby.  

The mandatory training class would also be a thing of the past, a dangerous decision according to Magistrate Roxby who added, “if someone is going to carry concealed, they very much need some training. There needs to be some minimal training involved there.

The National Rifle Association has a different opinion, saying the $100 fee and mandatory training class were a violation of the 2nd Amendment.

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