Standing firm on Second Amendment

The right of American citizens to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and those who choose to lawfully exercise this right should be at liberty to do so. Firearms play an important role in daily life for many West Virginians. The beautiful Mountain State is home to many who use their guns to hunt, for sport or to protect their homes. No matter the reason an individual has for owning a firearm, the laws of the land – in no uncertain terms – state they may do so. Perhaps one of the most important phrases in the Constitution with regard to gun ownership is the very clear provision that this right “shall not be infringed.” Someone needs to highlight those four words for the current presidential administration, one that stands poised to restrict lawful gun ownership like no U.S. president has done before. The Biden administration has already urged enactment of new “red flag” laws, which can allow the confiscation of firearms without due process, and proposed broadening the definition of short-barreled rifles and adding even more burdensome background checks to those already in place. Our office led a 20-state coalition in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that allowed federal regulators – without congressional action – to outlaw bump stocks, a popular, legal rifle accessory that aids gun owners with limited hand mobility. Criminalizing ownership of legally purchased bump stocks would result in more than 500,000 of these devices […]

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