Right to bear arms amendment could be on West Virginia ballot

Right to bear arms amendment could be on West Virginia ballot

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — West Virginia voters could see an amendment to the state constitution in the next general election. It’s related to the second amendment – the right to bear arms. The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week passed a number of pro-gun rights legislation, one of which is called The Protection of the Right to Bear Arms Amendment, or Senate Joint Resolution 1 . It would require a two-thirds vote of the house and senate before being put on the ballot. The state of West Virginia currently has an “F” letter grade on gun safety from the Giffords Law Center . The Mountain State also has the 13th-highest gun death rate in the country according to the CDC. While gun safety and banning assault rifles are back in the national conversation following three mass shootings – the latest overnight in Virginia Beach – the West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee is busying itself upholding gun rights. “This is a very 2nd Amendment right state,” said Senator Jack Woodrum (R-Summers). Woodrum is one of 11 republican senators sponsoring SJR 1 which would amend the state constitution to read: “No agent, agency, municipality, county, or any other political subdivision of state government may restrict this right by means of locality, ammunition capacity, caliber, modification, accessory, decibel, method of carry, or by any other means.” Put another way, cities and counties could not pass gun control measures more stringent than what is set by the legislature. “We’re trying to guarantee people’s […]

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