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New W.Va. law could let some criminals buy guns

Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 07:26 AM EDT

   CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A new law that makes it easier for West Virginians to buy a handgun also makes it easier for some people who have recently committed a crime to buy a gun.

   The law allows anyone who obtains a new concealed weapons permit to buy a gun without undergoing a federal background check. A check is required to get the permit, so supporters of the change say a second check is redundant.

   But permits are good for five years, so anyone later convicted of a crime that should bar a gun purchase can still buy one by showing the permit to the dealer.

   The permit is supposed to be revoked if someone becomes ineligible to buy a gun, but official reports say there's no effective mechanism for enforcement.

New W.Va. law could let some criminals buy guns


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