Some supporters of the legislation reportedly made threats to senators, particularly the heads of the two committees to which the bill was assigned: Government Organization Chairman Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson and Judiciary Chairman Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha.
Snyder called the threats the nastiest experience of his 22 years in public service.
Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, took a strong stand this week in stating that such threats were part of the reason for his leadership team stalling the bill. "Not on my watch, not ever," he said of the threats, which he called way out of line and overzealous.
He made it clear that the Senate would not be pressured that way.
West Virginians have the right to own guns for sport, for hunting and yes, self-defense.
But that right does not have to extend to gunrunners. Charleston city officials believe they have addressed their problem, and until state lawmakers come up with a better plan, they ought to let the Charleston law stand.