W.Va. Senate votes to designate official state firearm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Amid all the talk of guns at the Legislature this session, West Virginia may end up with an official state firearm.The state Senate endorsed a measure Friday giving that designation to the Hall Model 1819 flintlock rifle.John Hall developed the rifle and had it manufactured at Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County. The early-1800s weapon was one of the first breach-loading military rifles.
Senate Majority Leader John Unger, the Berkeley County Democrat who sponsored the measure, said it was the first such rifle adopted by the U.S. Army.The Senate had a model of the rifle from the Harper's Ferry National Historical Park on display in its chamber for Friday's vote.The measure advances to the House.
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