Mayor Danny Jones said the ordinance was put in place 20 years ago to thwart a Detroit-based drugs-for-guns trade route. Detroit drug dealers would come to Charleston to sell drugs and then use that cash to purchase handguns to take back home.
"I think Charleston should be able to make that decision," Palumbo said. "If Charleston wants to change that decision, I'm fine with that. But I'm comfortable with Charleston making that decision."
He said the Defense League's video is "supposed to be a little threatening and trying to intimidate me." But Palumbo said it does not.
"I think I'm sent up here, as all legislators are, to do what we think is right to do," he said. "I don't think it's my job to gauge the political winds and determine what may or may not be popular to do."
Palumbo pointed out he can't do anything with HB 2760 until it passes Snyder's Government Organization Committee, and he believes that is unlikely.
But even if the bill does make it to the Judiciary Committee, Palumbo said he would not add it to his agenda unless an overwhelming majority of committee members demanded that he do so.
"I've heard from plenty of people who don't like the bill," Palumbo said. "If people in Charleston are unhappy with the (ordinance), they should go to Charleston."
Keith Morgan, president of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League, said his group believes allowing the grandfather clauses to stand creates an "enforcement minefield" for gun owners.
He said there likely are many more gun ordinances than the four being discussed at the Capitol.
"Anybody who thinks only four are affected, I challenge them to prove a thousand-plus municipalities don't have ordinances on the books," he said.
Morgan said his group will hold more protests as the session goes on. One rally, tentatively set for April 5, will be in the "heart of Sen. Kessler's district."
"Sen. Kessler's next. We'll hold his leadership accountable," he said.
Morgan said the threats to Snyder did not come from his group.
"We believe it is extraordinarily unlikely those threats came from someone in our organization. We believe our members would be smart enough to realize the only people that would benefit from that kind of activity would be anti-gun senators looking for political cover," he said.
He said the bill stands a good chance of passing if Snyder and Palumbo allow it out of their committees.
"It would be political suicide for just about any senator in this state (to vote against the bill), and they all know that," he said.