"They can twist it any way they want, it is what it is. I think it's pretty loud, how the votes went down today," he said. "This sets it to where the legislative body can put the ordinances in, cities and counties can't."
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said he is concerned the bill would repeal ordinances that prohibit individuals from carrying weapons in county parks and at Yeager Airport.
Both restrictions are county ordinances, which apparently would be affected by the legislation.
"On this issue I support Mayor Jones," he said.
"I appreciate the fact there's a Second Amendment, I appreciate that, but there are some places it seems you shouldn't be carrying a weapon," Carper said. "An airport, a county park where children are playing . . . I would think that would be a concern."
The bill now will head to the state Senate, where it likely will be assigned to the judiciary and government organization committees.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, said he is not sure how the bill would fare in his committee.
"I don't like it," he said.
Palumbo said many bills this session strive to give more power to local government, citing both Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education reform bill and a home rule bill that seeks to give municipalities more freedom in setting taxes and regulations.
Palumbo said this gun legislation is taking "the exact opposite direction." He said if Charleston residents don't like the municipal gun restriction, they should petition their elected city council.
"I don't think they should come to Big Brother," he said.
Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall, R-Putnam, expressed similar concerns.
"It seems to me a conservative position on governance would lean toward local control," he said.
Hall said lawmakers ideally would find a way to make sure gun ordinances are uniform around the state, but still preserve local control.
"I don't know if you can or can't, but I think it will be part of the issue," he said.
Senate Government Organization Committee Chairman Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, said he has not reviewed this particular legislation but has seen more gun bills this session than in any other session in his career.
He thinks the influx of gun legislation this session has "little or nothing" to do with the mix of Republicans and Democrats in the House, but is driven by national debate on gun issues following December's shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Snyder, a member of the NRA, said he doesn't think limiting gun ownership prevents crime. He suggested this year's proposed legislation might be missing the point, however.
"Gun ownership in West Virginia is alive and well," he said. "I think we ought to be talking about mental health."