Home Grown

December 20, 2013

By: Rob Jones

I was looking through the local newspaper yesterday and found a small story about the West Virginia Citizens Defense League. I had not heard of this group before, so I read the story and then researched the organization a bit. I have added the WVCDL to my growing list, to support, back, and join. The WVCDL is West Virginia’s largest pro-gun lobbying group. They are non-partisan, non-profit, and an all-volunteer grassroots organization of concerned West Virginians, who support our individual right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, family, home, and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use, as guaranteed by both the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution and Article III, Section 22 of the WV Constitution. The WVCDL was formed by concerned gun owners, who believe in our rights, as law-abiding citizens and was created due to the lack of a state-level organization, in West Virginia, lobbying the Legislature on behalf of our interests as law-abiding gun owners.  The WVCDL also works to advance a pro-gun owner agenda in the West Virginia Legislature and at the local level.

The WVCDL has asked the Kanawha County Circuit Court, on Tuesday, to issue an injunction against the City of Charleston’s gun ordinances. According to the WVCDL, Charleston isn’t complying with the new state law that removed the authority, to regulate guns, from cities taking part in the “home rule” program. WVCDL President, Keith Morgan, said, “Charleston is operating in clear violation of state law, by continuing to operate their unconstitutional gun registry, and enforcing other city ordinances, in blatant opposition of the will of the West Virginia Legislature and the people of West Virginia. Mayor Jones is not above the law.” The city of Charleston adopted their gun ordinances in the 1990’s and city officials haven’t decided whether to opt out of the program or modify their gun ordinances. The ordinances limit handgun purchases within city limits to one a month, require a three day waiting period for buying a pistol and prohibit handguns and other deadly weapons on public property. City Attorney, Paul Ellis, said, “the city will review the complaint and respond in court.”

The WVCDL’s Vice President, Art Thomm, says that the injunction request, says its members have suffered “irreparable harm to their unalienable rights as United States and West Virginia citizens” under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and the West Virginia Constitution and further said, “we believe the City of Charleston is in direct violation of the home rule law and we’re confident the courts will find the same.” WVCDL lawyers are seeking a jury trial.

I will continue this column on another day. I have reached out to the WVCDL President, Keith Morgan, and asked for more input from him and hopefully, Mr. Morgan will respond, as I am very interested in helping their organization get the word out. I’ve visited their web site, “wvcdl.org” and I’m asking reader to support them as well. They can also be found on facebook, under West Virginia Citizen Defense League, so search and the like their page. The more voices we West Virginians have, the louder we are. We can’t afford for the State of West Virginia to ignore our constitutional rights. Again, please support this organization. God Bless You! God Bless West Virginia! God Bless America!




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