Thu Mar 7, 2013, 10:19 PM
friendly_iconoclast (10,417 posts)
West Virginia Democrats resist attempts at gun control
Manchin: Zero support for assault weapons ban
March 6, 2013
CHARLES TOWN – Sen. Joe Manchin said in an interview Tuesday that groups running ads indicating that he supports sweeping gun control measures are not being truthful.
“Let me make it very clear: the only thing I’m working on is a criminal and mental background check,” Manchin said. “Anything else people have heard is basically a lie. They are just trying to get people excited and scared.”
Political pundits have wondered in recent weeks where centrist Democrats from Blue Dog states, like Manchin, will stand on an assault weapons ban and a bill limiting magazine capacity that are expected to be introduced during this congressional session.
Manchin said he is opposed to such measures himself and thinks they would not make it through the Senate.
House panel advances local gun ordinance repeal
March 7, 2013 | Filed under: latest headlines | Posted by: sojstaff
CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia would void local and county-wide gun laws under a measure endorsed Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee, advancing it toward a vote by the full House of Delegates.
A non-unanimous voice vote approved the bill, which would make clear that only the Legislature can regulate firearms or ammunition.
The measure would strike down any ordinances inconsistent with state law, including several adopted in the 1990s by Charleston, the state’s largest city and its capital. Those limit handgun purchases to one per month, and require the buyer to wait 72 hours before receiving the weapon...
...A Republican, Jones also cited how sponsors of Tuesday’s bill include such Democrats as House Majority Leader Brent Boggs and Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley. In a state with high rates of gun ownership, Jones questioned whether that party was seeking to outmaneuver GOP lawmakers on the issue.
Hmm. I wonder who will be heard from first- the regional bigots or the "better pure than in power crowd"?
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