Published On: Sat, Dec 7th, 2019

Some Virginia counties seeking ‘sanctuary cities’ to protect second amendment, right to carry weapons

Democrats will now control the Virginia state legislature and half of the state’s counties are joining to pass a resolution to support Second Amendment rights and declare the support by county officials for local citizens to exercise their right to carry weapons.

The movement is ahead of the 2020 push from Democrats to reform gun laws and add more gun control.
“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.

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Lynn noted that gun rights groups and local residents alike are increasingly 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.

“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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