PHILIPPI, W.Va. - Rep. David McKinley met with Barbour County officials Wednesday for a discussion about the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
"This is the first one we're doing on the Second Amendment on this gun issue, because of what happened at Sandy Hook," said McKinley, R-Wheeling, referring to the Connecticut school shootings in December.
Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins, Philippi Police Chief Jeff Walters, Superintendent of Barbour County Schools Joe Super and other local officials attended.
"There's no preconceived notion of what we expect. There's no expected outcome, but I want to make sure that if nothing else, that I've heard from Joe (Super) with the school system," McKinley said.
Media representatives were permitted to observe the discussion for the first 10 minutes, but McKinley's field representative Pam Krushansky then asked the press to leave so the officials could freely express their opinions and concerns.
"Congressman McKinley was truly open to hearing concerns that Barbour County officials had related to pending federal gun legislation," Super said after the meeting.
McKinley estimated he had conducted as many as 40 other round-table discussions on a variety of topics, such as organized labor, business leaders and senior citizens. He said the purpose of the discussions is to understand what is going on in those areas.