Updated Thu, Mar 21, 2013 1:17 pm
West Virginia's House of Delegates wants gun control off the table as Congress considers responses to the latest mass shootings.
A non-binding resolution adopted Thursday says millions of law-abiding gun owners should not be punished for the acts of evil people.
The measure instead says the threat comes from dangerous criminals and the seriously mentally ill.
Delegates approved it on a voice vote without dissent.
Speaker Rick Thompson, a Wayne County Democrat, sponsored the bipartisan resolution along with nearly half the 100-member House.
The resolution reflects a pro-gun ownership mood at the Legislature this session. Congress and other lawmakers in other states are considering such measures as assault weapons bans.