Vexit: Almost Second Amendment heaven, West Virginia

Vexit: Almost Second Amendment heaven, West Virginia

Joseph McClung of Giles County is advocating for Virginia Second Amendment sanctuary counties to secede to West Virginia. Lawmakers in West Virginia have introduced formal resolutions inviting parts of Virginia to join their state. David Bishop (left) and Ike Huffman converse in front of Ike’s Barber Shop in Rich Creek. The West Virginia residents travel through Virginia daily and are concerned about the disparity of gun rights between the two states. PEARISBURG — A loosely connected band of Western Virginians are urging their home localities to consider undertaking an unusual measure to buffer themselves from potential laws and policies they argue will further marginalize the Commonwealth’s conservative regions. They say the localities should revisit an idea that several of them passed on more than 150 years ago: Join West Virginia, a state that itself was formed after a collective of Virginia counties during the Civil War realized that they didn’t exactly share the same values as the rest of the Old Dominion. McClung, who wears a red Make America Great Again cap, voiced displeasure with gun control and the representation of rural and lower income regions. Gun control bills filed before the start of the current session sparked a series of statewide movements, beginning with calls on numerous localities late last year to declare themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. While largely symbolic, supporters of sanctuaries said the designations aimed to send a more effective message against legislation that they argued undermined Second Amendment rights. The gun rights movement most recently […]

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