Harpers Ferry, WV – U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey called on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to support reciprocity rights for gun owners.
This week, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which will requires states to recognize and honor gun owners’ permits from other states. The NRA labeled the bill its “highest legislative priority in Congress.”
Sen. Manchin famously claimed to be pro-gun in his 2010 election campaign, and then turned around and betrayed West Virginians when he sponsored the anti-gun Manchin-Toomey bill. When asked if he would support the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, Sen. Manchin replied, “I haven’t even heard about that.”
In contrast, Patrick Morrisey has fought tirelessly for West Virginia gun rights. As Attorney General, Morrisey has significantly expanded reciprocity rights for gun owners with dozens of states (WTAP, 10/07/16) and defended the constitutional carry legislation when many Republicans were silent.
“After years of siding with his liberal friends in Washington, it’s time for Sen. Manchin to side with West Virginians for once,” Morrisey said. “West Virginia is a proud pro-gun state, and gun owners should have the right to take their Second Amendment rights with them when they cross the state border. Will Sen. Manchin stand up for West Virginia’s gun rights?”