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There's a surprising correlation between guns and West Virginia's Trump voters. Also, the fight over school consolidation goes to the Supreme Court. And our favorite Tom Petty songs. On this week's Front Porch podcast.

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West Virginia's Attorney General has filed a brief on behalf of a 21-state coalition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments against Maryland gun restrictions. The Maryland statute prohibits sale and possession of certain semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines. West Virginia allows them.


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Nearly a year ago, executives with Ranger Scientific LLC announced plans to bring a large industrial facility to a reclaimed surface mine site in West Virginia.

Several state officials, mostly Republicans, spoke at the event and touted the pro-business legislative agenda they said helped attract the ammunitions manufacturing project near Belle.

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West Liberty University's Board of Governors has approved a campus ban on firearms and other deadly weapons.

WTOV-TV reports the vote Wednesday followed a state law enacted this year that allows the carrying of concealed handguns without a permit.

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Officials say a Huntington man has been cited after trying to bring a loaded gun onto a plane at the Yeager Airport.

Yeager Airport Police Chief Joe Crawford tells local news outlets that officials cited 31-year-old Thomas Marcum with a violation of airport regulation following Wednesday's incident.

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Correction: Name corrected from Ranger Scientific LLC to Ranger Scientific. 

 

An ammunitions company has announced plans to build a factory in southern West Virginia and add 400 jobs.

Ranger Scientific officials said Tuesday the company has acquired 1,000 acres on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine.

It says the $50 million facility will produce more than 500 million rounds of specialty rifle ammunition each year.

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Charleston police say a man is facing charges after his gun accidentally discharged during a children's swimming lesson. No one was injured.

Chief of Detectives Steve Cooper tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that 41-year-old Lloyd Simms was charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a school after turning himself in to police Saturday.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill that would prohibit county parks from banning guns.

The Democrat's veto message Tuesday says counties are in a better position than the legislature to decide whether gun bans at parks are appropriate.

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Yeager Airport police cited a Logan County man after a loaded handgun was discovered in a carry-on bag.

The Transportation Security Administration says a TSA officer staffing an X-ray machine at the airport's checkpoint detected the .38-caliber semiautomatic handgun on Saturday as the bag passed along a conveyor belt.

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West Virginia is limiting public entry points at its Capitol and making visitors walk through metal detectors to enter the building.

The Division of Protective Services said Wednesday one public entrance will be available on the building's west wing starting Jan. 8. An east wing entrance will also be available starting Jan. 10 for the upcoming legislative session.

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A 21-year-old Maryland man has been sentenced in West Virginia to three years and five months in federal prison for possessing stolen firearms.

Gaithersburg resident Nevyou Alemu was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Clarksburg.

Jody Lee Hunt gunned down his ex-girlfriend, two of her lovers and his main competitor in one day. The 2014 slayings near Morgantown are just one example of mass shootings in America.

But are mass shootings more common in gun-rich Appalachia? And are we more likely to target strangers or the people we know and love?

Find out by listening to this week's episode of The Front Porch podcast.

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State police say a Bluefield High School student brought an unloaded handgun to the school.

West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says school personnel found the gun on Wednesday following an altercation between the female student and another student.

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Yeager Airport police have cited a Beckley man after a handgun was found in a carry-on bag.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said Friday that officers detected a 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the bag along a conveyor belt as the man was passing through the airport checkpoint in Charleston.

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Thursday in the House, among the multitude of bills passed, the Firearms Act of 2015 was also up for a vote. Senate Bill 347 has received an overwhelming amount of controversy among legislators, their constituents, law enforcement, and others, and no less was seen on the House floor.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he opposes a bill that would remove permit and training requirements for carrying a concealed weapon in West Virginia.  

Members of the House of Delegates approved Senate Bill 347 Thursday allowing anyone over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in the state. The bill as approved by the Senate would have set the age minimum at 18. 

Over the weekend the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss a handful of bills, but most notably the bill to amend the concealed carry law and a bill that reforms political spending in the state.

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  Citizens from 31 other states can now carry concealed handguns in West Virginia as the state adds to its reciprocity list. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the addition of a reciprocity agreement with Nebraska today. The state becomes the seventh added since July of last year. Under the agreement, each state will honor a valid concealed carry permit issued by the other. Morrisey says Nebraska already recognized concealed handgun licenses issued by West Virginia.

  The city of Charleston is targeting a gun rights group to get court clarification on allowing firearms in some city recreational facilities.

The city amended its motion Monday by naming the state Citizens Defense League as a defendant.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wanted Charleston's initial request in Kanawha County Circuit Court dismissed, saying it sued no one.

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The Transportation Security Administration says a loaded handgun and brass knuckles were discovered in a carry-on bag at Huntington Tri-State Airport.
 
The agency says the bag's owner was detained but wasn't charged. The woman missed her flight and was allowed to book another one, without the weapons.