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Manchin: 'Beto O'Rourke is not taking my guns away from me'

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  Susan Collins and the American legacy Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-W.Va.) told reporters Wednesday that presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCalls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas Texas Dems highlight health care in fight to flip state House Union leader vows 'infrequent' minority voters will help deliver Biden victory MORE is "not taking my guns away from me." 

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Manchin told a Wall Street Journal reporter that the former Texas representative did not speak for all Democrats when vowing to complete mandatory buybacks for certain high-powered rifles.

"Beto's one human being," Manchin said, according to a Journal reporter. "He gave his own opinion, OK? I think it was very harmful to make it look like all the Democrats. I can tell you one thing: Beto O'Rourke's not taking my guns away from me. You tell Beto that OK?"  

However, Manchin's office reportedly told NBC news the senator does not own an AR-style gun. 

Manchin's comments follow O'Rourke's statements on gun control during the Democratic presidential debate on Thursday, when the candidate said, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47." 

O'Rourke has made his support of stricter gun control a centerpiece of his campaign following a shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, that killed 22 people.