CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Legislature has had partisan clashes this session, but one issue seems to be uniting Democrats and Republicans: gun rights.
Congress and some states are considering assault weapon bans and similar measures in response to recent mass shootings. West Virginia lawmakers seek to allow firearms at the state Capitol, block enforcement of any new federal gun law and declare all future control measures invalid whether federal, state or local.
The House of Delegates appears particularly keen on this approach. Nearly half its 100 members co-sponsored a resolution calling for Congress to leave the 2nd Amendment alone. Delegates are expected to pass a bill Monday repealing local gun control ordinances.
These proposals arise in a state where gun ownership is common. But only a few are expected to pass.
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