Falwell and W.Va. governor pitch Virginia secession plea

Falwell and W.Va. governor pitch Virginia secession plea
During a news conference, Justice and Falwell acknowledged that the idea is a long shot.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. are urging unhappy Virginia counties to secede and join a neighboring state where Democrats aren’t in charge.

Their invitation Tuesday to join West Virginia added weight to a backlash against Virginia Democrats’ push for gun control.

During a news conference, Justice and Falwell acknowledged that the idea is a long shot.

This month, the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate introduced resolutions inviting parts of Virginia to join West Virginia.

There’s been push-back against plans by Virginia’s Democratic leadership to pass gun control measures such as universal background checks, a one-handgun-purchase-a-month limit.

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