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Where WV’s US senators stand on terrorism, guns

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photos from The Associated Press U.S. Sens. Shelley Capito and Joe Manchin
Charleston Gazette-Mail file photos from The Associated Press
U.S. Sens. Shelley Capito and Joe Manchin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the second time this week, the U.S. Senate voted on two proposals Thursday intended to bar suspected terrorists from buying guns. For the second time this week, both proposals appear to be dead after each party voted for one of the two proposals, but largely withheld its support from the competing one.

“We need to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, while also protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans and ensuring they receive due process,” said Ashley Berrang, a spokeswoman for Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

“I will always fight to protect our Second Amendment and due process rights and against any government overreach and infringement,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., “but I will also fight to prevent radical Islamic terrorists from obtaining weapons.”

If it seems West Virginia’s two senators agree, why did they vote on opposite sides…

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