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Carrying a concealed weapon, legally, in West Virginia takes a lot patience and $90 for the permit. Sheriff’s departments across the state carefully review the application for a pistol permit.

A person must be a resident who is at least 21 (18 to 20 if one is in a dangerous occupation). You cannot have a felony conviction, or a conviction for domestic abuse, violence with a deadly weapon, or drug or alcohol abuse. A restraining order gets you bounced, as does being on probation or under some other court supervision.

People who are adjudicated as mentally incompetent also need not bother applying.

If this sounds familiar, it is because those conditions are what one must meet in order to purchase a weapon from a federally licensed firearms dealer under the Gun Control Act of 1968.

The only additional requirement to get a concealed weapons permit in West Virginia is to complete a course on handgun training.

Nonetheless, for years, West Virginia pistol permit holders have had to undergo the same routine to buy a gun from a dealer. This redundancy made no sense.

Last week, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will now accept a pistol permit issued by a sheriff in West Virginia as an alternative to a background check to purchase a gun from a federally licensed dealer. West Virginia is the 23rd state to make such a deal with the ATF.

Hooray. That’s one less redundancy.

Every other state and federal agency should explore ways to follow that example. Government workers should always bear in mind that they work for the public. Anything to make things easier for The Boss is appreciated.

— Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail

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