Two Shot Dead By Gun Rights Advocates
UPDATE 08/09/2020: Randi Barnhart and Terri Storer have been charged with murder and were arrested.
Every now and then a headline pops on my Facebook account that makes me deep dive into the story, and today this one is it. It also is back “home” in Greenbrier County, West Virginia which gives me even more angst reading this because having been brought up around guns, and respecting that they are deadly weapons – this one annoys me — especially since the alleged shooters are guns rights advocates. So what happened here? From what I have gathered so far this was a fight over a hunting spot.
From the headlines:
According to West Virginia State Police, on Friday, November 29, 2019, at around 4:30pm, a shooting incident took place on Coleman Road in Williamsburg, WV, near the Greenbrier/Nicholas County line.
The investigation found that Jeremiah Thomas, 33 and Jennifer Thomas, 34, had allegedly gotten into an argument over a hunting lease with Randy Barnhart and Terri Storer, 45. During the argument, Jeremiah Thomas and Jennifer Thomas were fatally wounded.
Based on the information provided to Greenbrier County Prosecutor, Pat Via, no arrest have been made at this time.
This case is being further investigated by the West Virginia State Police Rainelle Detachment and charges are expected in the near future.
What is interesting is the comment that discusses (contemptuously IMO) about having to have permission to get close to someone’s creekbed which was posted on a group photo of Terri Storer and others on ATVs from a weekend excursion. Were there past problems with these people trespassing on land to hunt? From some of the Facebook posts I’ve read there were a few posts about perhaps some potential past issues with hunting spots. Terry Storer’s obvious rants regarding red flag gun laws are interesting…considering she and her friend are implicated in the deaths of two individuals by gun violence.
Randy Barnhart is also a member of the West Virginia Civil Defense League. From their website:
What is the West Virginia Citizens Defense League?
The West Virginia Citizens Defense League (WVCDL), West Virginia’s largest pro-gun lobbying group, is a non-partisan, non-profit, all-volunteer, grassroots organization of concerned West Virginians who support our individual right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use, as guaranteed by Article III, §22 of the WestVirginia Constitution and the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
WVCDL was created to fill a void left by the lack of a state-level organization in West Virginia lobbying the Legislature on behalf of our interests as law-abiding gun owners and exists to protect and restore the right to keep and bear arms in West Virginia through legislative action.
WVCDL is seeking to enact several critical, long-overdue bills for West Virginia gun owners, including:
- Restoring the right to keep and bear arms by removing the requirement to be subjected to registration, taxation, and licensure just to conceal a firearm.
- Restoring the right to possess firearms on public property.
- Protection of CHL holders’ personal information, which is currently available as a public record to anyone from an anti-gun newspaper seeking to intimidate CHL holders to nosy neighbors to an abusive ex-spouse who wants to know where you currently live.
- Concealed handgun license reciprocity reform to enable West Virginia’s CHL holders to lawfully carry in other right-to-carry states that have adopted reciprocity legislation.
- Reducing the excessive fees currently charged for CHLs in West Virginia. Compared to our neighboring right-to-carry states, West Virginia charges fees of between 167% and 360% of what Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania CHL holders are charged by their states.
- Allowing members of the military and honorably discharged veterans to submit their proof of military service as an acceptable form of proof of training to obtain a CHL.
- Requiring Chief Law Enforcement Officer sign-off for items subject to the National Firearms Act.
The WVCDL has turned off comments on the post they made about this “incident”.