The West Virginia Citizens Defense League staged a protest Saturday at the intersection of state Route 2 and 7 in New Martinsville....
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Senator Kessler refused to bring this to a vote after lawmakers received numerous threats from supporters of the bill. He did the right thing.
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No investigation has uncovered any credible threats, nor proved that any threats existed at all, thus making Senator Kessler both anti-gun AND a coward.
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No proof has been confirmed that these threats have happened. This is Kesslers way 'out' of pushing this bill through. He's going against your 2nd amendment rights to keep and bear arms!
Kessler is using ficticous phone threats to cover up his true anti-gun philosophies. He has aligned himself with Rockefeller, Manchin, Obama, and mayor Danny Jones of Charleston on the gun issue and AGAINST the majority of voters in West Virginia.
HB-2760 passed the House of Delegates by a margin of 94 to 4 and good old boy Jeffrey won't allow a vote in the Senate. Disgraceful!
wetzel, your man is a coward.
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The passage of HB-2760 would guarantee uniform gun laws throughout WV.
Martinsburg and Charleston have their own restrictive municipal laws, which many believe are against the 2nd Amendment.
Presently a perfectly innocent and law abiding citizen can find himself in jail in Charleston for violating an obscure municipal ordinance without knowing it.
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So why don't the people of these cities vote in new council members to change these laws? It is their town, not yours. Voting, and lobbying others to vote is the way you make a difference. Making threats works against your cause, not for it.
Below is the gun law for Charleston, WV. I don't see what the big deal is people. The gun ordinance restricts people from buying more than one handgun per month inside the city. It also requires a three-day waiting period for a handgun purchase and a background check. Council passed the ordinance to curb crime in the early 1990s that was associated with drug dealers coming in from larger cities to purchase guns at a reduced rate in Charleston.
You're well aware what "the big deal" is, Wetzel. You know for a fact that differing ordinances across the state set law abiding citizens up to go to jail with no intent to commit a crime or do any harm. Don't be disingenuous. It's unbecoming.
How would you go to jail? Look at the law? Your protest doesn't make sense. They aren't limiting how many guns you have, where you can have them, or what type of gun. They are simply trying to keep the drug thugs from using Charleston as a place to buy unlimited amounts of guns. The mayor of Charleston supports the law and he is a Republican.
Wetzel, you're completely ignoring the carry bans in various municipalities.
Further, I'm surprised to see you arguing an anti-gun agenda on behalf of Jeff Kessler.
Why target Kessler? Why not target the mayors and councils of these towns? The law has been in effect for over a decade. Has there been a case of any law abiding gun owner going to jail? Why haven't the citizens of these towns complained? It seems to me that someone wants Kessler's seat and they are trying to make something out of nothing. Is there a law in Charleston WV that forbids you to carry a concealed weapon? Just trying to understand why this group is targeting West Virginia. I didn't see any familiar faces at your rally. We all know each other here.
Martinsburg's Ordinance prevents carrying inside city-owned buildings by all except active law enforcement. So, yes, it does prevent concealed and open carry in certain places. It was relaxed in 2008 to include only city-owned structures, not properties. The bill was challenged by the Defense League, and the case was dismissed.
However, it is important to note that ONLY if said person refuses to temporarily relinquish the weapon or leave the premises, would he/she be charged.
We can't put up with people threatening lawmakers to get their bill passed.
Well it looks like these people won. A republican in the legislature pushed this through attached to a funding bill. Funding that Charleston WV can only get if they change their law. The article I read said that they put the law in place because of a drugs for guns problem in Midwest cities. More drugs in WV, that's not what we need. In my opinion the biggest threat to the second amendment is guns in the wrong hands. We really need to find a way to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, and the drug gangs.
"We really need to find a way to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, and the drug gangs."
I agree. But without punishing law abiding citizens like those wonderful people that attended this rally. Thank You, WVCDL.
Typical Liberal. Its only a ban, its only a 3day waiting period, why the threats. Well because there is a 2nd ammendment. And a 3 day waiting period does absolutely nothing. Background checks are already required. And as far as the threats if they have creditable threats or really any at all, then make some arrest and prosecute. Kessler is just laying the ground work to try and follow Manchin to DC. Where they all go and forget where they come from.
You got your way, try to win gracefully.
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