Manchin has a good history on gun rights
No, he did not. Manchin had a nearly null history on gun rights; the issue doesn't come up much in WEST Virginia. The NRA chose to spin that as a 'good record', for whatever weird reasons, despite warnings from real WEST Virginians in WEST Virginia that the SOB Manchin was not to be trusted.
See? I TOLD YOU SO!!!
From the NRA-PVF:
“While serving in the United States Senate, Joe Manchin signed a bipartisan letter opposing any international treaty by the United Nations or any other global organization that would impose restrictions on American gun owners. Manchin also cosponsored S. 2188, The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which would have ensured that law-abiding Americans with a valid concealed handgun permit would have been able to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry. In addition, Manchin cosponsored S. 570, a bill that would prevent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from circumventing the will of Congress by centralizing records of thousands of Americans long gun purchases.
As Governor of West Virginia, Manchin signed state Castle Doctrine legislation to restore the right to self-defense in a persons home and property. He also signed state legislation to increase reciprocity for West Virginia Right-to-Carry permit holders.”
He may not have a long record, but none of these, FROM THE PAST, sound bad.