One would force cities to allow concealed weapons in parks and other places. The other restriction would force Charleston to revoke its limit on handgun purchases to one per month.
Charleston enacted that limit 20 years ago to prevent the city from becoming the center of a drugs-and-guns trade.
Cities in West Virginia need the power to impose taxes in new ways because they are staring at huge pension fund liabilities.
The reason cities face huge pension fund liabilities is the state code. Past legislatures passed out benefits that city politicians will have to take the heat for funding.
Lawmakers should give cities a say in the pension benefits that municipal taxpayers are asked to fund.
And for the state to siphon off high fees for collecting the resulting city taxes is just insult upon injury.