The incoming Democrat majority in the Virginia State legislature has stated intentions to pass gun
control confiscation in January to address the Governor’s call for “common-sense public safety laws” — including universal background checks and bans on assault-style weapons and bump stocks.
75 Virginia counties pushed back and preemptively declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in anticipation of those future gun
control confiscation laws by Virginia Democrats. In response, those Democrat lawmakers threatened law enforcement officials in the sanctuary counties with potential prosecution AND deployment of the National Guard if police don’t enforce gun control confiscation, according to the Washington Examiner.
Added on 12/17/17 – 7:45p: There are now nearly 100 local governments in Virginia that have declared they are 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries.
The bi-partisan Tazewell County Board of Supervisor’s unanimously declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary county — AND passed a resolution underscoring the right to a well-funded and regulated militia as described in the U.S. Constitution and the commonwealth’s constitution, WJHL-TV reported.
A sheriff in Virginia said on Facebook that if the Democratic-controlled legislature in his state passes restrictive gun control laws, he may deputize thousands of citizens to allow them to be exempt from the laws.
Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins praised his county for becoming one of dozens of “sanctuary” counties in the state for gun owners and said he will exercise the power of his position to support gun rights, if necessary.
Added on 12/18/19 – 8:30p: Amelia County, Virginia, Sheriff Ricky L. Walker is making clear he will not enforce unconstitutional gun laws even if ordered to by a judge. The Washington Post quoted Sheriff Walker speaking to Amelia County residents, saying, “My oath of office is to uphold the Constitution of the United States.” He said he would not confiscate guns even under a judge’s order, if the law at the center of the judge’s ruling was unconstitutional.
The threats and suggestions of gun-rights advocates in the state won a minor victory, when Gov. Northam announced that any proposed ban on assault weapons would include a grandfather clause. Under such a clause, legal owners of banned guns could keep them, but would be required to register the weapons.