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REPUBLICAN RUMBLE: Blankenship and Morrisey Hit Jenkins On Gun Vote

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REPUBLICAN RUMBLE: Blankenship and Morrisey Hit Jenkins On Gun Vote

March 16, 2018

REPUBLICAN RUMBLE: Blankenship and Morrisey Hit Jenkins On Gun Vote

Jenkins voted against NRA backed legislation that would stop municipalities from restricting guns

CHARLESTON, WV — The sparks continue to fly in the West Virginia Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. At a recent Don Blankenship town hall meeting in Putnam County, Blankenship chided Congressman Evan Jenkins for his record on the 2nd Amendment. During a radio interview, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey piled on. Listen here.

Blankenship and Morrisey are calling out career politician Evan Jenkins for his voting record in Charleston.

Patrick Morrisey: “That’s the Evan Jenkins record. Actually, on guns, Evan Jenkins voted against citizens’ gun rights.  He’d allow cities to restrict the purchasing, owning or carrying of a gun.” (WRNR, March 12, 2018)

As a Delegate, Jenkins voted against a bipartisan bill, backed by the NRA, to bar municipalities and counties from restricting the right of any person to purchase, possess, transfer, own, carry, sell or store any firearm or ammunition (Charleston Gazette, 3.4.1999).

Jenkins was one of only 11 votes against this legislation. Blankenship said he would have voted for the measure.

“The gloves are off in the Republican Rumble, and now Don Blankenship and Patrick Morrisey are attacking Evan Jenkins for his record on guns,” said Brittni McGuire, spokeswoman for the West Virginia Democratic Party. “Congressman Jenkins is trying to campaign on his support for the 2nd Amendment, but his voting record paints a different picture.”

Last week, Patrick Morrisey’s campaign stated that “Jenkins lies about everything to further his political career.”

BLANKENSHIP VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

QUESTION: Do you have any explanation of how you differ from Evan Jenkins on gun rights?

DON BLANKENSHIP: Well I’m a member of the NRA and I haven’t voted against.. you know: Cities in West Virginia..at one time, they were going to prohibit them from being able to have their own gun regulations and Evan Jenkins voted that they could have those.  I would not have done that.

JENKINS VOTED “NO” ON GUN BILL

Underwood gets gun bill – again Towns cannot limit handgun purchases

Charleston Gazette
March 4, 1999

By Fanny Seiler

Voting against were Delegates Sam Cann, D-Harrison; Mary Pearl Compton, D-Monroe; John Doyle, D-Jefferson; Barbara Fleischauer, Nancy Houston, and Charlene Marshall, all D-Monongalia; Susan Hubbard, Evan Jenkins, and Margarette Leach, all D-Cabell; Jody Smirl, R-Cabell, and Sally Susman, D-Raleigh. Delegates Jerry Damron, D-Wayne; Vicki Douglas, D-Berkeley, and Dale Riggs, R- Upshur, were absent.

The gun bill was passed on an 86-11 roll call vote. It would prohibit municipalities and counties from restricting the right of any person to purchase, possess, transfer, own, carry, sell or store any firearm or ammunition.

The Senate-passed bill, which had the backing of the National Rifle Association, goes to Gov. Cecil Underwood, who last year said he mistakenly vetoed a similar bill. He indicated then he would sign the bill this year.

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