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West Virginia Won't Require Permit, Training For Hidden Guns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is joining a short list of states that let people carry hidden guns without permits or training.

The GOP-led Senate overrode Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto Saturday, following the House's vote Friday. Lawmakers only needed a simple majority.

The law takes effect in late May.

Surrounded by law enforcement officials Thursday, Tomblin vetoed the bill over their safety concerns. He vetoed similar legislation last year.

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It's legal in West Virginia to carry guns openly - in a holster, for instance - without permits.

The bill would let people conceal guns in public without permits, by wearing a coat for example. People ages 18 through 20 would need a permit and training with live firing.

Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Vermont, Maine and Kansas similarly don't require concealed carry permits.

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