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CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature is taking a major step toward abolishing a handful of local government firearm ordinances.

The House of Delegates expects to vote Monday on a measure that makes clear that all such laws must be enacted at the state level.

Supporters say the goal is a uniform set of regulations for the entire state. They also see the measure as affirming the 2nd Amendment.

Ordinances that would be struck down include several enacted by Charleston in the 1990s. These limit handgun purchases to one per month, and require the buyer to wait 72 hours before receiving the weapon.

Charleston officials say their ordinances targeted people who buy multiple guns on behalf of somebody else. The guns then command high prices in areas with strict gun laws.

 

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