(TNS) A growing number of Virginia sheriffs are pushing back early against an expected deluge of new gun control legislation passed by majority Democrats once they are sworn in and begin to govern.
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Specifically, sheriffs — especially those in rural areas of the state — are supporting local efforts to create so-called “Second Amendment sanctuaries,” taking a page from the Garbage Party’s ‘sanctuary cities’ to shield illegal aliens from arrest and deportation.
One piece of legislation that may be considered would ban “assault weapons” and authorize actual confiscation of those firearms, but one sheriff essentially dared Democrats to come get them.
“As a Constitutional Officer of Virginia, and elected Sheriff, I am sworn to uphold the Constitution and both federal and state laws. I think our Constitution of the United States would supersede anything attempted to be passed in Virginia,” Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said in a Facebook post.
He’s right about that; it’s called the “Supremacy Clause.”
“But, more importantly, I would like to point out the very important question of – Who is going to come and get my guns and magazines? They are mine, I’ve bought them and paid for them.
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“I have taught my sons to use them. I say we watch and see what happens, I believe they may try but I’m not so sure they will be successful,” he added.
More than 30 state jurisdictions have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries.
“I am in favor of the Second Amendment Sanctuary. I believe we need to send a message to Richmond that our citizens will take a stance. My deputies and I take an oath to uphold the Constitution and that’s what we will do,” Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Compton told Townhall.
County meetings where gun sanctuaries are on the agenda have been well-attended, to say the least.
— Kayley (@Kayley_VA) December 4, 2019
There's an overflow crowd here for the Fairfax County board of supervisors meeting which will consider a resolution to make the county a Second Amendment sanctuary. Many of the attendees are wearing "Guns Save Lives" stickers. pic.twitter.com/ZpYmFbElW2
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) December 3, 2019
A packed house in Goochland County for tonight’s supervisors meeting, where a #2A Sanctuary resolution is expected to be approved. Not only is the main meeting room full, but several auxiliary rooms are full of residents watching the meeting on TV. pic.twitter.com/43cZTcvFF4
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) December 3, 2019
“It sends a strong message to Richmond that we support the Constitution,” King George County Sheriff Steve Dempsey told Townhall.
Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins sang the praises of the Board of Supervisors for passing a Second Amendment sanctuary provision in a Facebook post.
“I remain very optimistic that our General Assembly will not pass the proposed bills. Obviously, if passed, there are many of us willing to challenge these laws through the courts,” he wrote.
“In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms,” Jenkins added.
That’s one way around gun bans.
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