West Virginia city may end recreation centers if bill passes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia mayor says he may close his city’s recreation centers or disallow school programming in them if a Senate gun bill becomes law.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Charleston Attorney Paul Ellis says Senate Bill 244 appears to allow guns in school-owned and leased buildings outside of school functions. The bill says guns are prohibited on school grounds if the school has a written policy allowing firearms or weapons and would amend state law to prohibit guns at certain school-sponsored functions during the duration of the function.

Mayor Danny Jones says this means Charleston’s Martin Luther King Center could only ban guns when events such as after-school programs are happening. He says Charleston cannot manage the change.

The Senate-approved bill is in the House Education and Judiciary committees.

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