Second Amendment ‘sanctuary’ movement arrives in Rockbridge County

By Colin Whitmore

A gun control battle is waging across Virginia, and the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the issue for the second time at a meeting Monday.

To accommodate an expected large crowd, the meeting will be held in Rockbridge County High School auditorium at 7 p.m.

When Democrats seized control of the Virginia House and Senate on Nov. 5, Gov. Ralph Northam promised his party would swiftly enact new gun legislation.

In an interview with CNN, Northam said “getting rid of bump stocks, high volume magazine, red flag laws. These are common-sense pieces of legislation.”

Northam called a special legislative session last July to discuss gun control after a mass shooting in Virginia Beach left 12 dead.  But, the Republican majority stymied the proposals.

Now, counties across Virginia are anticipating Northam’s promises and declaring themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries.” This declaration holds no legal weight, but advocates are suggesting that local law enforcement could neglect to enforce the state’s laws.

So far, 41 counties in Virginia have declared sanctuary status.

Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart told CNN that he will declare his county a sanctuary and refuse to enforce any new gun control laws.

“All it’s going to say is we’re not going to use our local resources to enforce a law passed in Richmond that would impede the Second Amendment rights of our citizens,” he said.

On Nov. 27, hundreds of people crowded the Rockbridge Board of Supervisors meeting at Maury River Middle School gymnasium to express concerns over gun control.

Nearly 30 spoke in support of Rockbridge County becoming a sanctuary city for gun rights.

On Monday, supervisors are expected to consider a resolution signifying support for the Second Amendment.