State of West Virginia Archives: on Gun Control

Woody Thrasher: I believe in the Second Amendment

The good work of our strong, conservative, Republican Legislature to move our state forward, like bringing us right-to-work, must continue. I'm a pro-life conservative who believes in the Second Amendment. West Virginia's values will always be protected by me.
Source: 2020 W.V. Governor campaign website Dec 13, 2019

Don Blankenship: Democrats pose a real threat to our right to bear arms

My view is that it makes no sense for the NRA to support a candidate solely because he votes against gun control measures if he is also voting for Nancy Pelosi or similar politicians to be Speaker of the House or head of a committee. It is anti-gun Democrats that pose a real threat to our right to bear arms and the NRA's support of those who then vote to empower Nancy Pelosi types who campaign on their support for gun control is illogical, shortsighted and insulting to NRA's paying Members.
Source: 2018 W.V. Senatorial campaign website Mar 31, 2018

Jeff Kessler: Don't require permit and training for concealed carry

Kessler voted in favor of a bill that eliminated the requirement for a permit and training before a person can carry a concealed weapon.
Source: W.V. MetroNews on 2016 West Virginia gubernatorial race Jun 23, 2015

Alex Mooney: Misguided gun laws only punish law-abiding gun owners

I believe strongly in Americans' constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Misguided gun control laws only punish law-abiding gun owners instead of targeting the criminals who ignore the laws on the books.

During my time in the state Senate, I sponsored right-to-carry legislation and always supported the right of law-abiding citizens to protect their homes and their property. I will continue to do so in the U.S. Congress.

Source: 2014 W.V. House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Evan Jenkins: Defend the Second Amendment

Evan will always defend your constitutionally guaranteed 2nd Amendment rights.
Source: 2014 W.V. House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

John Buckley: Supports right to gun ownership

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Absolute right to gun ownership"?

A: Support, but your use of the word "absolute" is confusing.

Source: Email interview on 2014 W.V. Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 5, 2014

Joe Manchin III: Vetoed restrictions on automatic weapon sales

Source: W.V. voting records: gubernatorial vetoes Apr 6, 2010

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2020 Presidential contenders on Gun Control:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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