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West Virginia Gun Laws: Quotes From State's Heated Gun Control Debate

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 09:34 PM

As gun laws continue to receive national attention with a heated debate from opposing views, legislation in West Virginia has not escaped debate.

Here are six quotes about gun laws in West Virginia:

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1. “Support, but your use of the word ‘absolute’ is confusing.”
– John Buckley, Libertarian Senate challenger, in response to whether he supports the statement “Absolute right to gun ownership” in an email interview with OnTheIssues regarding the 2014 West Virginia Senate race

2. “If a federal law is enacted that is similar to Senator Feinstein's legislation, the West Virginia Attorney General's office would actively participate in legal efforts to ensure that such law does not infringe upon the rights of West Virginians.”
– Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia Attorney General, in a statement on fighting a federal ban on assault weapons like the one being pushed by California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

3. “What I am trying to do is appeal to everybody in this city to help me put a stop to this foolishness. This is a place for children, not for guns.”
– Danny Jones, Mayor of Charleston, West Virginia, at a press conference reported by Guns.com arguing that recently passed Senate Bill 317 goes too far in its attempt to preempt city and municipalities from regulating firearms

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4. "Why do they call the police when somebody is there with a gun? Because they bring more guns. When the good guys have guns, the bad guys don't have a chance."
– Steven Hoffman, West Virginia resident and gun owner, to WVNS

5. “We’re here for recreation, and the kids are in here for an after-school program, doing their homework or in the gym playing. As a parks and recreation department, we’re not set up, nor should we be set up, to handle guns.”
– John Charnock, the director of Charleston’s parks and recreation department, to the West Virginia Gazette on whether he believes firearms belong in community centers where kids are the primary patrons

6. “I've been hearing rumors and lies about my position on guns. I want to be clear and tell you, I'm a proud gun owner. Nobody's going to take my guns and I'm sure as hell not going to let them take your guns. This is a bunch of crap and people talking about things they don't know what they're talking about. The only bill that I have worked on and am working on is one that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and people mentally deranged, and that's a fact.”
– Joe Manchin, West Virginia senator in a video posted to his YouTube account

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