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Halifax supes asked to declare ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ / November 25, 2019
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will be asked at the December meeting to add Halifax County to the growing list of localities that have declared themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries” for gun owners.

On the heels of the Democratic takeover of General Assembly in the Nov. 5 election, with the party’s candidates running largely on a pro-gun control platform, rural localities around the state have seized on the Second Amendment sanctuary movement to express their defiance to any effort to pass any new gun laws in Virginia.

Supervisors in neighboring Charlotte, Campbell and Pittsylvania counties have enacted resolutions, and Halifax’s turn will come at the Dec. 2 monthly meeting of supervisors.

County Administrator Scott Simpson said he has been working to address the issue for about two weeks and has prepared of a resolution for the Board of Supervisors to consider. The proposed resolution will be published in the agenda packet next week.

“I believe the Board will act on the resolution in the very early part of the meeting,” said Simpson.

In rural counties around Virginia, large crowds have turned out at local government meetings to urge passage of similar resolutions. Last week, Appomattox supervisors adopted language pledging to oppose any effort to “unconstitutionally restrict” the right to bear arms and vowing to do so “through legal action, the power of the appropriation of public funds, and the right to petition for redress of grievances, and the direction to the law enforcement and judiciary of Appomattox County to not enforce any unconstitutional law.”

The movement has been guided by the National Rifle Association and the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights group based in Fairfax County. Its president, Philip Van Cleave, told The Washington Post this week, “I’ve never seen anything like this,” referring to the response of gun owners to the Second Amendment sanctuary idea. “Everything has exploded right now. Gun owners are awake.”

Anecdotally, one gun dealer in Halifax reported an upsurge in gun sales in recent weeks — possibly out of concern that lawmakers will enact firearms restrictions in the 2020 session of the General Assembly.

Democrats head into the new year with a 55-45 majority in the House of Delegates and a 21-19 majority in the state Senate. Leading up to the November general elections, Republicans controlled both chambers by narrow margins.

Democratic candidates embraced a pro-gun control platform and won control of the statehouse largely because of their success campaigning in swing suburban areas. Republicans, who went into the election with strong backing from the NRA and other pro-gun groups, performed poorly in those same areas. The sole remaining GOP lawmaker from the beltway suburbs of Northern Virginia, eight-term Del. Tim Hugo, lost his seat.

Vowing to combat incidents of gun violence such as the May 31 shooting massacre of 12 people in Virginia Beach, Democrats have proposed a number of measures — including universal background checks of gun purchasers, limits on the types and number of firearms that can be purchased, a ban on high-capacity magazines for semi-automatic weapons, and “red flag” laws that would empower judges and law enforcement to take away guns from persons deemed potentially dangerous.

While Southside Virginia has been spared any mass public shootings, earlier this month in South Hill, three schools were placed on lockdown after school officials and law enforcement learned that an individual believed to be a threat to himself and others was spotted with a high-powered rifle near the campus of Park View High School. Nothing came of the incident, and no one was harmed.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said gun control restrictions such as those proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam and other Democrats “were essentially on the ballot in November. And the people have spoken through their votes.”

Del. James Edmunds of Halifax, who serves on the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee, will be part of the minority on that panel come January. The House militia committee has reliably bottled up past Democratic efforts to enact new gun restrictions.

On his Facebook page this week, Edmunds wrote, “There are lots of terrible gun bills filed by Democrats. We will fight them but, in the end, they will most likely pass.”

The Second Amendment sanctuary movement is roughly modeled after so-called “sanctuary cities” that have declined to assist federal agencies in detaining or deporting undocumented immigrants. Whether there is any legal impact with a county declaring itself a “Second Amendment sanctuary” that won’t enforce new gun laws is an untested proposition.

As the Second Amendment sanctuary movement has spread across the U.S., in such states as Washington, New Mexico, Oregon and Colorado, active resistance to gun laws has been rare, according to gun control groups. Local law enforcement agencies that defy state law would put themselves at risk of losing state funding, and officers who refused to carry out the law could put their jobs and careers at risk.

“As a practical matter, these are largely symbolic,” Adam Skaggs, chief counsel and policy director at Giffords, a national advocacy group for gun restrictions, told The Washington Post. “We haven’t seen cases where there are folks that are outright defying the law.”

At a board of supervisors meeting in Amelia last week, however, Amelia Sheriff Ricky Walker told a reporter that “my oath of office is to uphold the Constitution of the United States” and thus he would refuse a judge’s order to seize a person’s guns under a law he viewed as unconstitutional, according to The Post. “That’s what I hang my hat on,” Walker said.

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Hope this liberal rag is happy now that we are turning Virginia Communist. I hope Fred & Tracy will uphold their oaths and follow the constitution and not an illegal order. I am sick of the transplants coming here in NOVA, Richmond, Hampton Roads crescent telling us what to do. You local dems how can you live with your selves by trashing the constitution?


The Kinks said it best...Paranoia will destroy ya!!




The United States of America is a Second Ammendment sanctuary. Stop wasting time/money/oxygen.


So long as people spend time money and oxygen to keep it.

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