The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
The WV constitution, Art. III, § 22 reads: "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use."
I believe that the right to bear arms is an inalienable right and shall not be infringed. The federal government has created many infringements and history has proven that they have failed. No one has the right to restrict your ability to defend you life!
The more gun regulation we have the more mass shootings and terrorist attacks we have had. Is it curious that most of these happen in states with the strictest gun regulations? California, Colorado, your gun laws haven't helped, they have just made it dangerous for your citizens! When a criminal knows their victim will not be armed, that is the victim they will choose. "Gun Free" zones should just be posted "Criminals, we have disarmed them for you". Gun laws prevent the honest citizen from defending themselves. Criminals DO NOT OBEY THE LAW!
I support the right of a person to own and carry a firearm for defense of self and others! I am proud to have stood with the WVCDL and helped fight to pass CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY. This fight was the deciding factor for me to run for sheriff. After watching many sheriff's and deputies stand against constitutional carry, ( including Berkeley County sheriff, Kenny Leemaster) I decided we needed a sheriff that would listen to the voice of the people and defend their rights. I will be that voice!
You should not have to pay a fee and take a course to exercise a right! As your sheriff, I will also not tolerate the federal government trampling on your rights. I will prevent and arrest any federal agent who tries to enforce any federal gun law, thats not constitutional or that violates the sovereignty of West Virginia!
Free or low-cost Self Defense hand gun Training
Once elected your new sheriff of Berkeley County I will create a free or low cost training program for self defense in using a firearm. I am sure that the great CC trainers in Berkeley county would participate in the program.
It will allow those who are legally able to carry a firearm but who do not have a conceal carry permit or have had training to be more confident in shooting their pistol. I welcome those citizens who wish to open carry to participate in this program.
The only thing that stops a "bad guy" with a gun is a "good guy" with a gun. Lets get more"good guys" armed and trained!