The state's interest in uniform laws is understandable. The city's interest in thwarting the drugs and guns trade is no less so.
The city was trying to stop "straw purchases" - people buying guns for those who are legally barred from buying guns themselves.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Loew discussed the problem with the Daily Mail's Ashley B. Craig in late February.
Loew said that about 10 years ago, James Gray, a convicted felon from New Jersey, found a taxi driver in West Virginia to buy guns for him. She lied on the forms, claimed she was buying the weapons for herself, and bought 50 to 100 guns for Gray, Loew said.
The city has also described the problem of drug dealers bringing illegal drugs to this market and returning to their own home cities loaded up with guns they couldn't legally have purchased there.
How would the state deter straw purchases?
Gun laws, like guns, are dangerous. The House of Delegates may have gone off half-cocked.
The Senate should be careful not to do so.