Virginia Second Amendment Sanctuary News


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Since the November 5th Election, over 100 localities have declared themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries or in some limited Constitutional Counties.  What is a Second Amendment Sanctuary? A Second Amendment Sanctuary is any locality that says it will not enforce any unconstitutional (federal or state) gun laws. Many sheriffs are going to take the County's lead on this and county police could be told not to enforce such laws either.  Localities may decide not to use local tax dollars to enforce federal and/or state gun control laws.  A Constitutional County is a locality that passed a resolution that simply states they will protect the constitutional rights of their citizens.

Municipalities That Passed a Resolution as of January 8, 2020:

Campbell County - passed resolution on November 7th
Charlotte County - passed resolution on November 13th
Carroll County - passed resolution on November 13th
Patrick County - passed resolution on November 18th
Appomattox County - passed resolution on November 18th
Pittsylvania County - passed resolution on November 19th
Lee County - passed resolution on November 19th
Dickenson County - passed resolution on November 19th
Dinwiddie County - passed resolution on  November 20th
Giles County - passed resolution on November 21st
Nottoway County - passed resolution on November 21st
Sussex County - passed resolution on November 21st
King William County - passed resolution on November 25th
Powhatan County - passed resolution on November 25th
Southampton County - passed resolution on November 25th
Wythe County - passed resolution on November 26th
Madison County - passed resolution on November 26th
Washington County - passed resolution on November 26th
Henry County - passed resolution on November 26th
Botetourt County - passed resolution on November 26th
New Kent County - passed resolution on November 27th
Town of Rural Retreat - passed resolution on November 27th
Bland County - passed resolution on November 27th
Town of Exmore - passed resolution on December 2nd
Louisa County - passed resolution on December 2nd
Halifax County - passed resolution on December 2nd
Buchanan County - passed resolution and ordinance on December 2nd
Rappahannock County - passed resolution on December 2nd
Greensville County - passed resolution on December 2nd
Russell County - passed resolution on December 2nd
Culpeper County - passed resolution on December 3rd; Sheriff may deputize citizens to resist
Roanoke County - passed resolution on December 3rd
Gloucester County - passed resolution on December 3rd
Goochland County - passed resolution on December 3rd
Middlesex County - passed resolution on December 3rd
Page County - passed resolution on December 3rd
Tazewell County - passed 2 resolutions on December 3rd
City of Norton - passed resolution on December 3rd
King George County - passed resolution on December 3rd
Allegheny County - passed resolution on December 3rd
Amherst County - passed resolution on December 3rd
Orange County - passed resolution on December 3rd
Scott County - passed resolution on December 4th
Augusta County - passed resolution on December 4th; will join lawsuit against state.
Craig County - passed resolution on December 5th
Surry County - passed resolution on December 5th
Bedford County - passed resolution on December 9th
Bristol - passed resolution on December 9th
Buckingham County - passed resolution on December 9th
Town of Crewe - passed resolution on December 9th
City of Franklin - passed resolution on December 9th
Galax - passed resolution on December 9th
Town of Grottoes - passed resolution on December 9th
King and Queen County - passed resolution on December 9th
Mecklenburg County - passed resolution on December 9th
Poquoson - passed resolution on December 9th
Rockbridge - passed resolution on December 9th
Rocky Mount - passed resolution on December 9th
Shenandoah County - passed resolution on December 9th
Bath County - passed resolution on December 10th
Big Stone Gap - passed resolution on December 10th
Bluefield - passed resolution on December 10th
Caroline County - passed resolution on December 10th
Chesapeake - passed resolution on December 10th
Cumberland County - passed resolution on December 10th
Floyd County - passed resolution on December 10th
Greene County - passed resolution on December 10th
Henrico County - passed resolution on December 10th (passed a resolution indicating simply that they would uphold the state and United States constitutions)
James City County - passed resolution on December 10th
Martinsville - passed resolution on December 10th
Nelson County - passed resolution on December 10th
Prince George County -passed resolution on December 10th
Prince William County - passed resolution on December 10th
Smyth County - Unanimous - passed resolution on December 10th
Spotsylvania County - passed resolution on December 10th
Strasburg - passed resolution on December 10th
Warren County - passed resolution on December 10th
Brunswick County - passed resolution on December 11
Fluvanna County - passed resolution on December 11th
Frederick County - passed resolution on December 11th
Hanover County - passed resolution on December 11th
Rockingham County - passed resolution on December 11th
Westmoreland County - resolution on December 11th
Grayson County - passed resolution on December 12th
Isle of Wight County - passed resolution on December 12th
Lancaster County - passed resolution on December 12th
Lunenburg County - passed resolution on December 12th
Town of Mineral - passed resolution on December 12th
Northumberland County - passed resolution on December 12th
Richmond County - passed resolution on December 12th
Wise County - passed resolution on December 12th
Montgomery County - passed resolution on December 16th
Pulaski County - passed resolution on December 16th
Mathews County - passed resolution on December 17th
Franklin County - passed resolution on December 17th
Prince Edward - resolution on December 17th
Stafford County - passed resolution on December 17th
York County - passed resolution on December 17th
Town of Vinton - passed resolution on December 17th
Accomack County - passed resolution on December 18th that directs legislators to any such legislation that may unconstitutionally restrict the 2nd Amendment rights
Ameilia County - passed resolution on December 18th that asked the General Assembly not to pass unconstitutional laws
City of Suffolk - passed resolution on December 18th that states support for the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions
Town of Buena Vista - passed resolution on December 21st
Charles City County - passed resolution on December 23rd
Fauquier County - passed resolution on December 23rd; Sheriff vows to not enforce any unconstitutional laws; Commonwealth's Attorney vows not to prosecute
City of Virginia Beach - passed resolution on January 6th (resolution did not say Sanctuary, but used strong language nonetheless)
Essex County - passed resolution on January 7th
Clarke County - passed resolution on January 6th Highland County - passed resolution on January 8th
Chesterfield County - passed resolution on January 8th

It is very important to note that these are resolutions and don't carry the force of law (with the exception of Buchanan County which also passed an ordinance. The State could however challenge that ordinance in court).  Virginia is a Dillon Rule state which means state law determines what localities can and can't do.  While this show of defiance is encouraging, gun owners need to remember that a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary resolution doesn't change the fact that had bills like Senate Bill 16 or HB 961 passed in the 2020 General Assembly and signed , you would still have been a felon if you own the banned items in the bill, as competitive shooter Todd Jarret said in a Facebook video on Thanksgiving Day.  What the massive turnout by gun owners and the resolutions have done is shown Governor Northam and the gun ban lobby is there is massive opposition to their plans for gun bans and confiscation. 

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