Virginia supervisors designate county as gun sanctuary

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP/WHSV) — UPDATE (Nov. 20):

A board of supervisors in Virginia has voted to designate its county as a Second Amendment sanctuary.

The Danville Register & Bee reports the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday night to adopt the designation. Nearly all of the audience of 150 attending the meeting stood up to cheer and applaud the vote.

The resolution is not legally binding, but expresses the county’s intent that its public funds not be used to restrict Second Amendment rights. The vote was sparked by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed gun-regulation bills in a Democrat-controlled General Assembly starting next year.

On Monday, the Appomattox County Board of Supervisors voted to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary. Charlotte, Campbell and Carroll counties also have passed similar resolutions.

The resolution signed by commission Chairman Joe B. Davis reads "...the Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its intent to uphold the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Pittsylvania County and its intent that public funds of the County not be used to restrict Second Amendment rights or to aid in the unnecessary and unconstitutional restriction of the rights under the Second Amendment of the citizens of Pittsylvania County to bear arms... "

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Supervisors in a Virginia county are considering a proposal to declare it a Second Amendment sanctuary.

The Danville Register & Bee reports the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote on Tuesday on whether or not to approve a proposed resolution. The move is sparked by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's proposed gun-regulation bills in a Democrat-controlled General Assembly.

Supervisor Ronald Scearce proposed the resolution, and he said county leadership wants to show its stance in supporting the right to bear arms.

The resolution is not legally binding, but expresses the county's intent that its public funds not be used to restrict Second Amendment rights.

Charlotte, Campbell and Carroll counties already have passed resolutions to become Second Amendment sanctuaries, while several other locations will consider it during upcoming meetings.

“We’re saying you have to defend our second amendment rights," said James Borland, a member of the Campbell County Board of Supervisors, which approved the measure unanimously.

The resolutions are carried up to the state legislature, imploring lawmakers not to back laws that county leaders say target law-abiding gun owners.