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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Charleston Mayor Danny Jones sounded resigned to the changes in the city's gun laws that will be handed down from the state Legislature.

Jones protested the changes with community leaders at the State Capitol on Thursday.

As part of a compromise to extend a home rule pilot program, the Legislature stipulated that participating cities must strike down municipal gun ordinances.

There is still the unlikely possibility of a veto from the governor. But Jones said that if that happened, the city might wind up with something even worse.

The changes in gun rules would allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns in public parks.

Charleston City Councilman Andy Richardson quipped that you won't be able to smoke in public parks, but you'll be able to carry a gun.

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