Virginia Sheriffs to State Lawmakers Pushing Radical Gun Control: No Thanks, We’ll Uphold Constitution

RICHMOND, VA – In an advent many have been predicting for years, the Commonwealth of Virginia is now ruled by Democratic majorities and a governor for the first time in decades. Immediately Democrats in the state started considering a host of harsh gun control bills that would effectively strip the 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights of her citizens. What they did not anticipate, though, is that a good many county sheriffs would take their oath to protect the Bill of Rights seriously.

Several counties and towns in rural Virginia have passed resolutions in response to the impending onslaught of unconstitutional gun control bills, declaring their locales a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary.’

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 media.

Not to be confused with the few Sheriffs here in North Carolina and elsewhere that provide sanctuary to illegal alien criminals against the interests of their communities and a basic sense of law and order, these Sheriffs in Virginia are committing to uphold the constitutional rights of citizens against the encroachment of a state government operating far beyond it’s charter. It’s exactly the kind of thing our founders hoped would keep government in check, and a hopeful sign for a state that seems to have gone “blue” for good.

Fairfax County is dominated by Democrats, but the turn out in support of the Second Amendment shows all is not lost. In fact, the fight to protect the individual rights as delineated in our U.S. Constitution is growing, according to those helping to promote the 2nd Amendment Sanctuary movement. The Virginia Citizens Defense League is leading the charge, and say they’re “just getting started.”

From the Washington Free Beacon:

“[…] When Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) president Philip Van Cleave spoke with the Free Beacon on Tuesday afternoon, 15 of Virginia’s 95 counties had passed sanctuary resolutions; five more joined that night.

“I’ve never seen anything like this, and I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,” he told the Free Beacon. “It’s a sleeping giant that had been pretty much not paying attention to politics, and now they’re awake, and now they’re flooding these sanctuary county hearings. Flooding them.” […]

Van Cleave said that his group would typically garner up to a hundred people at the General Assembly for past gun bills, but that nearly a thousand showed up to support the sanctuary proposal in rural Bedford County.

“It’s sending a huge message to the General Assembly that a lot of the state does not want more gun control, certainly none of the crap that they’re pushing that does nothing but affect law abiding citizens,” he said. “It doesn’t do anything for criminals.” […]”

It seems to have been coming to a boil for months as Democrats advanced on the Bill of Rights. Last month Sheriff Brian Hieatt of Tazewell County let his constituents know that he was not about to violate the constitution and the rights of the people in his county.

Tazewell County, and others with sheriffs loyal to the Constitution, may be all that stands in between Virginians and a future in which the Bill of Rights is tossed in favor of the Left’s Big Government agenda.

Lest you think North Carolina doesn’t stand to face a similar threat from radical Democrats, realize that our own General Assembly is only a handful of seats away from a Democratic majority in each chamber, with an incumbent Democrat in the governor’s mansion, and a similar thirst for gun control. Would your sheriff stand up for the Constitution if the time came?


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