CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 100 protesters stood outside Sen. Joe Manchin's office in downtown Charleston Saturday morning, holding signs promoting gun rights and criticizing the senator.
West Virginia Citizens Defense League President Keith Morgan said his group is "quite displeased" with Manchin, D-W.Va., after his comments regarding gun control issues last week.
On Monday, Manchin said the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have made him want to discuss regulations about gun ownership. He said he doesn't know "any people who go hunting with assault rifles with 30 rounds in their guns."
On Wednesday, he said he is not "supporting a ban on anything" but wants to begin a dialogue about gun control issues in the wake of the school shootings.
Morgan said his group feels betrayed by Manchin, a conservative Democrat who has received an 'A' rating from the National Rifle Association, the country's largest gun-rights advocacy group, with 4.3 million members.
The protest on Virginia Street began at 10 a.m. and lasted one hour.
Morgan said he was "pleased with the turnout, considering the weather conditions." Saturday morning was chilly and the ground was still covered with snow. He said that if the protest had been in June, "we would have had 1,000 people down there, but the fact that we had the crowd that we did, given the weather conditions, I couldn't be more proud of West Virginians."
Morgan said one Manchin supporter stood near the crowd, with a sign that read, "Manchin is right."