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US Virginia counties move to become 'Second Amendment' sanctuaries

11:40  07 december  2019
11:40  07 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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This week, Surrey and Craig counties declared themselves " Second Amendment " sanctuaries , joining the more than 40 counties across the state The moves come as Democrats prepare to push forward gun reform legislation in 2020. "The counties and gun groups are asking the jurisdictions and

"Increasing number of Virginia counties declare themselves ' Second Amendment sanctuaries ' ^ " Virginia has become an overnight tidal wave of Second Amendment Sanctuaries " "Botetourt County approves resolution to become Second Amendment sanctuary ". WSLS.

Less than a month after the Democratic takeover of the Virginia state legislature, nearly half the state's counties have passed resolutions in support of Second Amendment rights.

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This week, Surrey and Craig counties declared themselves "Second Amendment" sanctuaries, joining the more than 40 counties across the state that have passed such resolutions in recent weeks. The resolutions are not legally binding, but rather are declarations of support by county officials for local citizens to exercise their right to carry weapons.

The moves come as Democrats prepare to push forward gun reform legislation in 2020.

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AMHERST COUNTY , Va . – Tuesday afternoon, Amherst County became a Second Amendment sanctuary . It’s now the 28th county in Virginia to do so. It was a full room where a majority of the people in attendance clapped after they got what they wanted. A small group left disappointed.

WHSV 3 reports that Giles County and Dinwiddie both adopted “ Second Amendment Sanctuary ” resolutions on November 21, 2019. Northam introduced a number of gun controls following the May 31, 2019, Virginia Beach shooting in which 12 people were shot and killed with guns that were legally

"The counties and gun groups are asking the jurisdictions and the commonwealth to support gun rights and their Second Amendment to make sure they [the state legislature] aren't going to do anything to take that away," Jonathan Lynn, county administrator and clerk of the Board of Surrey County, told CNN.

"We as the county of Surrey we want to make sure we support the fundamental right of citizens," Lynn added.

According to Lynn, gun rights groups and local residents alike have been in a rush to push for the public stance in the last month, including the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a statewide organization that is dedicated to advancing Virginians' right to keep and bear arms, due to the insurgence of Democrats who ran on strict gun control platforms last month.

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ROANOKE, Va . — Local officials in a handful of Virginia counties have voted to honor and defend gun rights by declaring their counties to be “ Second Amendment Sanctuaries .”. The movement has spread in Virginia since the Nov.

Five things you need to know today … Counties move to become “ Second Amendment Sanctuaries ”– Officials in a growing number of Virginia counties have voted to designate their localities as “ Second Amendment Sanctuaries .” The resolution expresses the county ’s intent to

"These are people [gun owners] that were sleeping during the elections. That's the problem with a lot of gun owners, they tend to get complacent and think, "oh okay, nothing bad is going to happen," said Philip Van Cleave, president of VCDL. "They were sleeping and the elections then kind of eked out a margin for the democrats and they came on saying, "we want gun control", "this is all about gun control."

"They woke up a sleeping giant, and they know it now. They've grabbed a tiger by the tail," Cleave added.

Virginia's push is one of many states in recent months to symbolically protect the rights of citizens to bear arms.

The movement to proclaim counties and cities sanctuaries originated in Illinois in March of this year, followed by Colorado the same month, California in August and Florida in November. With municipalities saying that they won't enforce state laws that infringe on residents' right to bear arms.

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ROANOKE, Va . — Local officials in a handful of Virginia counties have voted to honor and defend gun rights by declaring their counties to be “ Second Amendment Sanctuaries .” The movement has spread in Virginia since the Nov. 5 election, when Democrats gained majority control of both the state

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The investments saw Democrats take full control of the state's executive and legislative branches for the first time in more than 20 years. With the governor's office already in Democratic hands, officials are expected to push a progressive agenda, including limiting gun access,come 2020.

The priority was on display last month when state Del. Kenneth Plum, a Democrat from Fairfax, filed a bill to institute universal background checks. The legislation will be considered during the 2020 session. The new bill will make it so anyone who purchases a gun will be checked, as first reported by the Washington Post. Currently, Virginia runs background checks on purchasers who buy from a dealer.

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Tags: Virginia , Pulaski County , Botetourt County , Second Amendment . Pulaski County is expected to hear public comments on the issue Monday. The county administrator says while there has been interest in the topic, the board is not yet prepared to take action.

Giles County and Dinwiddle both adopted “ Second Amendment Sanctuary ” resolutions on November 21, 2019. On November 19, 2019, Breitbart News reported that Appomattox County Board of Commissioners passed a “ Second Amendment Sanctuary ” resolution, with the goal of opposing any

Other legislation introduced in November include a bill from Democratic Del. Richard Saslaw that would prohibit the sale, transport, possession, transfer and manufacturing of an assault firearm. The state will also look to mark June 1 as "National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Virginia" — the day after the 2019 Virginia Beach mass shooting that killed 12 people.

"With the outcome of the election, the fear arose that we finally are going to pass common sense gun violence bills. This is reactionary from the other side," Plum told CNN. "They came up with the sanctuary city idea ... but its impact is unknown."

"It's unclear what the sanctuary part actually is," added Plum, who expects the his universal background bill to pass come 2020.

Lynn noted that the resolutions do not trump state law and that it's just an initial step ahead of next year's session.

"No one knows the answer to that, but nothing has been passed -- as a county administrator, I don't know how to tell the state that we aren't going to enforce your [their] laws," added Lynn.

Correction: This story has been updated to accurately reflect Virginia's background check law and the date of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

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