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Fri Mar 28, 2014, 09:08 AM


Candidates oppose new gun-control law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- All five Democrats vying for the House of Delegates 37th District seat said Thursday that they would have voted against legislation that repealed the City of Charleston's ability to restrict firearms.

The bill, which was supported by the National Rifle Association and signed into law this week by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, prohibits cities and towns in West Virginia from passing gun-control laws stricter than the state has. Charleston officials have lamented that it forces towns and cities to allow concealed guns at recreation centers and community centers.

The 37th District includes much of Charleston's downtown, East End and West Side.

The candidates blasted state lawmakers for passing such a bill.


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Fri Mar 28, 2014, 09:40 AM

1. Am I right in thinking that these are the same stories?


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Fri Mar 28, 2014, 10:47 PM

2. Boo hoo. Passed overwhelmingly by a Dem-controlled legislature...



Partisan composition
Party As of March 2014
Democratic Party 24
Republican Party 10
Total 34

House of Delegates
Partisan composition
Party As of March 2014
Democratic Party 53
Republican Party 47
Total 100


SEQ. NO. 0024. BILL # SB 317
FEB 25, 2014 R # 3 Effective from Passage
4:41 PM
Yea: 32 Nay: 0 Absent: 2


Second Regular Session
SB 317 Relating to municipal firearm laws RCS# 383
3:10 PM

and signed into law by a Democratic governor:


Governor Tomblin Issues Statement on the Signing of Senate Bill 317


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 25, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement regarding the signing of Senate Bill 317.

"This evening, I signed Senate Bill 317 because I support our 2nd Amendment rights, and I also see the need for uniform and consistent gun laws throughout the state. I believe this legislation will give municipalities clarity for regulating firearms in their facilities.

I understand the concern of those who have voiced opinions about challenges within the bill related to municipally-owned recreational centers. I will continue to work with local and state officials to address those concerns."

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Sat Mar 29, 2014, 08:22 AM

3. Am I the only one who did a quadruple-take over the article's headline?

A law that prevents the restriction on the exercise of 2A rights is now being labeled "gun-control." I can't help but wonder if this reversal of terms will be deliberate and on-going.

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