‘We have rights to bear arms. Point blank’: Va. counties declare Second Amendment sanctuaries ahead of Dems’ gun control push
As the prospect of new, draconian gun control continues to loom, the Second Amendment sanctuary movement continues to grow. Recently, ahead of the new Democratic legislature’s immanent takeover in Richmond next year, counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia have started declaring themselves sanctuaries for Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.
After the results of November’s off-year election flipped control of both chambers of the state legislature to Democrats, Governor Ralph Northam announced that his party was already “working on” a plan to attack citizens’ gun rights in the commonwealth. As of earlier this week, legislators had already started to pre-file gun control legislation for the upcoming session, including a ban on so-called “assault firearms.” The Virginian-Pilot outlines eight bills that Democrats are likely to pass when they take control.
But despite the election results, some of the commonwealth’s residents still care about keeping their Second Amendment rights intact. So far, Giles, Dinwiddie, Appomattox, Campbell, Carroll, Charlotte, Patrick, and Pittsylvania counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, with other county governments also considering doing the same.
“We have rights to bear arms. Point blank,” said Dinwiddie Supervisor William Chavis in a report at WWBT-TV. “And our county, we have a lot of hunters, lots of sportsmen that like to sport shoot.”