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Gun law discussion highlights roundtable with Congressman in Weirton

Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 06:17 PM EDT
WEIRTON, W.Va. -- When local law enforcement leaders are afforded a chance to spend an afternoon with a congressman, a lot of topics can come up.
Law enforcement officials from Hancock and Brooke Counties gathered for a roundtable discussion with Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.) with the hot topic centering on the 2nd Amendment and what's going on in Washington as far as controversial proposals to tighten gun control.
“Because on and off, there’s some strange efforts in Washington trying to curtail our 2nd Amendment rights and those of us as gun owners in support of Pro-Gun, I want to make sure I catch it early so we can hold that in advance and defeat some of those efforts in Washington," McKinley said.
Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher is one of those voicing his concern on efforts to restrict the right to carry a concealed weapon.
It was a sentiment shared by local gun and gun store owners.
“Because I think there’s some of the bigger cities are having problems with guns, and as a result, they are trying to pass something that would affect them, but it’s having an impact on us in rural America that, I think, are law abiding citizens that we shouldn't be worried with it," McKinley said.
The discussion also took on one of the most debated topics: Ammunition.
"To be more vigilant because there’s a sense out there the fact that the ammunition is being bought at such large quantities,” McKinley said. The question is why is there an effort to drive the price up? (It’s) because people don't have confidence in the President right now that he is calling more often gun control so as a result are people buying guns and ammunition just in case he gets by with it."
McKinley told the panel he doesn't think that new laws should be put on the books, but the ones in place should be enforced.

Gun law discussion highlights roundtable with Congressman in Weirton

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