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W.Va. joins 24-state coalition regarding federal gun ruling

West Virginia has joined a 24-state coalition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the...
West Virginia has joined a 24-state coalition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the rights of gun owners with regard to standard capacity magazines.(Gray TV)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:26 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – West Virginia has joined a 24-state coalition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the rights of gun owners with regard to standard capacity magazines.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office made that announcement Wednesday. Morrisey said the coalition seeks for the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that permits states to outlaw ammunition magazines that are legal in more than half the country.

“The right to keep and bear arms is vital to West Virginians and law-abiding gun owners across the nation,” Morrisey said in a news release. “Simply put, it could be a matter of life and death.”

The coalition contends 43 states, including West Virginia, have advanced their interests in promoting public safety, preventing crime and reducing criminal firearm violence without a magazine ban.

According to Morrisey’s release, West Virginia joined the Arizona- and Louisiana-led brief with the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

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