Locals react to conversation on gun control legislation

MARION COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) -- "Take the guns first, go through due process second."

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This was one of a number of suggestions from President Trump that stunned many lawmakers during a bipartisan meeting at the White House on Wednesday.

In this meeting, he called for comprehensive gun control legislation.

This would expand background checks to weapons bought at gun shows and on the internet.

Also, raising the minimum age of buying rifles from 18 to 21 and other things.

After, President Trump went on Twitter and said: "It was an honor to welcome bipartisan members of Congress for a discussion on SAFE schools and SAFE communities...we are determined to turn grief into action."

He also said "Background checks a big part of conversation. Gun free zones are proven target of killers. After many years, a Bill should emerge. Respect 2nd Amendment!"

"I thought it was the proper approach to take and that's how I put the Bill together, just closing the absolutely horrible loopholes that we have," said Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), who was at the meeting.

President Trump suggested the revival of a bipartisan bill by Manchin and Republican Senator Patrick Toomey (R-Pennsylvania).

"It protected the second amendment right, but took away the abuses that happened," he said.

All of this has sparked comments on both sides of the spectrum, from D.C. to the Mountain State.

One is the need for a comprehensive background check.

"We support the Second Amendment but we believe our children's lives are also the most important thing," said Anna Gillespie, Vice-President of the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women.

Meanwhile, some local gun shops say they have to see what happens next and if any future law could affect their customers and their sales.

"There will be a lot of people depending on what is passed it will affect what they have or what they had intentions of buying," said Eric Craig, manager of ATR Performance.