The latest edition of The West Virginia Poll finds that state residents are more conservative than others nationwide when it comes to gun issues.
According to The West Virginia Poll:
- 42 percent of survey participants said gun-purchasing regulations should stay the same, while 34 percent supported stricter requirements
- 42 percent of West Virginians said they would oppose an assault weapons ban, while 44 percent said they would support it
- 40 percent said they would oppose banning clips holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, 47 percent of respondents said they would support a ban
- 75 percent support an expansion of gun purchasing background checks
Compare that to the results of a nationwide Gallup poll taken last December:
- 62 percent supported a ban on high-capacity magazines
- 58 percent believed the United States needed stricter requirements on firearm purchases
- 92 percent of U.S. citizens surveyed supported broader background checks
In other news…
- The House of Delegates elected Tim Miley, D-Harrison, as its new Speaker. He received 53 votes, with 44 votes going to Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha. Del. Ryan Ferns, D-Ohio, was the lone Democrat to vote against Miley. Ferns told Dave he cast his vote for Armstead because of his “displeasure with the process of this election.”
- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday named Wayne County banker Timothy Kinsey to fill departing Speaker Rick Thompson‘s seat in the House.
- Mark Shriver, nephew of President John F. Kennedy, will make an appearance in Wheeling Thursday night to help West Virginia celebrate its 150th birthday.
- If you’re on the Capitol grounds this weekend, be sure to swing by the Culture Center and grab a piece of birthday cake. Sara Lane, cupcake baker extraordinaire and wife of Del. Patrick Lane, volunteered her time to make the cake, which will feature a four-foot-tall (inedible) replica of the Capitol building.