"Frankly, a lot of the members in the House are over 50, they're retired and they can't be taking a beating from a 25-year-old guy because they have to wear a seatbelt," Hunt said.
Hunt has a permit, but he said he obtained it only to see whether the permitting process is working well. He said it is not.
Sobonya and Butler said people don't know where they legally can and can't take their guns.
Hunt ran into that issue firsthand in 2004.
He left a .38 revolver in a bag he tried to check before boarding a plane to Florida.
Hunt said this week that the incident became a "tempest in a teapot" but admitted it was a "bonehead thing" to do.
He said he doesn't carry a gun but believes many delegates fear somebody upset about something could take aim in the Capitol.
"We live in a very dangerous world in a very dangerous environment, and we do not have adequate security in either the House or the Senate," Hunt said. He specifically mentioned the viewing galleries in both chambers.
"I think that we're all concerned that someday somebody's going to come in there and spray us all."
He's not the first to express those fears publicly. Several lawmakers have introduced bills to make it legal for people with concealed carry permits to bring their guns into the Capitol.
Sen. Dan Hall, D-Wyoming, sponsored such a bill this year.
"How do you know there's not 100 guns in this building right now? That's the whole point with this, you know? I guarantee you there are numerous firearms in this building right now," Hall told the Daily Mail in April.
House Majority Whip and United Mine Workers union officer Mike Caputo said he received death threats following actions on a bill related to coal. The Marion County Democrat said that's part of the gig, and elected officials have to take it in stride.
Caputo - who has a concealed carry permit but doesn't own a gun - said safety for delegates while they're in the House chambers is a top concern for leadership.
Delegate Danny Wells, D-Kanawha, would rather see metal detectors installed than let guns into the building.
A proud gun-control advocate, Wells was the only person in Staggers' committee not to vote in favor of the bill allowing lawmakers to leave their guns in cars parked on Capitol grounds. He said more people carrying guns doesn't increase safety; it increases the chances that someone will be shot.
He has seen Sobonya's gun - she showed it to him at a restaurant once when he asked to see it - and he understands why someone would want a gun if they felt threatened. However, Wells said Sobonya should have known she would be safe when she was with the governor.
"I have a problem with carrying guns. I'm for strong gun control measures, and I'm totally embarrassed by the delegate in this case having a gun in a public building where there is already security," Wells said.
Sobonya said she carried the gun in Wheeling because she heard local neighborhoods were unsafe.
She used to sit next to Wells on the House floor. Wells said they used to talk about gun-related issues. Sobonya said he teased her about her gun. Jokingly, she questioned whether Wells knew what a gun looked like.
Republican legislators Amanda Pasdon and Eric Householder said they don't feel threatened in the Capitol. Both have concealed carry permits but for different reasons.
Pasdon, from Monongalia County, said she carries her LC9 handgun for extra protection when she's on the road by herself.
Householder said he just likes exercising the right to carry a gun. He prefers a .380-caliber handgun when he carries. It's not as bulky as his .40-caliber Smith and Wesson.
He has never used the gun and forgets to carry it at times.
That doesn't mean he or any other delegate wouldn't.
"You just never know," Householder said.
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