Virginia Counties Approve ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary' Resolutions

More than 75 localities in Virginia have passed such resolutions

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The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to approve a resolution declaring the country a "Second Amendment Sanctuary."

The declaration holds that county police will not enforce state-level gun laws that some say infringe on second amendment rights.

A crowd of gun rights supporters gathered outside the Board of Supervisors building on Tuesday night

The designation is meant to send a message to the General Assembly in Richmond, where Democrats won both chambers in November's elections for the first time in two decades. Many of those Democrats promised gun reform.

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More than 75 Virginia localities have passed similar resolutions, according to the Virginia Citizens Defense League, although the measures hold little legal weight.

Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-Fairfax County, told News4 that the measures won't sway her against passing new gun safety laws. She said the Attorney General already issued a statement saying that state laws preempt local ordinances.

"So I think these will be very ineffective," Murphy said.


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Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors member Greg Benton says the measures are symbolic.

"We have no legal teeth," said Benton.

The Board of Supervisors in Prince William County passed a similar resolution early Wednesday morning.

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