If you’ve been reading this site for very long, then you know that Virginia’s counties and cities have voted to become gun sanctuaries ahead of legislation which has been prefiled to make Virginia a gun grabber’s paradise.
What you may not know is that a number of other states besides Virginia have cities and counties which have enacted gun sanctuaries (and there is likely to be more). In fact, including Virginia, there are currently nine states to jump on the gun sanctuary bandwagon (hat tip to here for the lead). Paul Bedard writes,
“I did not think it would be that high of a number,” said sanctuary advocate and Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins.
“It’s an organic thing that just took off after Election Day. Elections have consequences, and this is the result. This has truly rocked the conservative, libertarian group’s core. It has really shook a lot of them awake. They are fully awake,” he told Secrets.
Remarkably, the effort has not seen a big push from the National Rifle Association. Local groups, notably the Virginia Citizens Defense League,have led the campaign that has brought thousands of gun-rights advocates to county board meetings.
It has also become the national model for the movement that has now reached Illinois, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, and Tennessee. Illinois is credited with starting the movement.
“What’s happening is Virginia is becoming a national story and model,” said Cam Edwards, editor of Bearing Arms and a national authority on gun laws.
Late Monday, three counties in Virginia — Stafford, Prince Edward, and York — and the town of Vinton joined the effort.
The language adopted in the movement uses words such as “Second Amendment Sanctuary” and “constitutional,” and signals that police will not enforce anti-gun laws. Proposals before the Virginia legislature include gun bans, gun registration, expanded background checks, and limits on the size of magazines that hold cartridges.
Proponents warn, however, that the resolutions do not provide legal protection against gun control measures.
Jenkins said that Richmond should instead enforce laws already on the books to target criminals, not those who use their weapons legally.
“It’s all part of an agenda to further take away firearms, restrict and register weapons, and there is no need for it. There are enough laws already in place on weapon restrictions. We need no new laws. We need to focus on the ones we have,” he said.
He and Edwards said that the movement is the latest evidence of the urban-rural divide.
“It’s not the NRA, as everyone might expect,” said Jenkins, who has proposed deputizing gun owners to protect their weapons from any gun grab.
Instead, he added, it is a movement of people who feel their culture and way of life are under attack.
“They are the ones you don’t hear from. They’re not going to speak out at the board meetings or polling places and write editorials. They’re the everyday man who is focused on raising a family, going to work, and trying to live a good life and be a good citizen, and they see this as people who have no knowledge of what they’re family means when it comes to protection or the bearing of arms, nor can they relate to their culture of hunting or sport shooting or anything about them, and yet they want to come from their urban areas … and they drive to Richmond, where they want to implement these laws where the vast amount of Virginia is going to be affected by it even though they have not done anything wrong,” he said.
What we pro-gun folks need to do now is to push our state legislatures to give teeth to these gun sanctuary situations so that anti-gunners cannot shove their foolish gun control laws down the throats of law-abiding people.
We have done no wrong, and, therefore, we should not be the ones being punished.
Make a US map of sanctuaries in this country and watch it grow and encourage others. It will also want people to look at your website to see where we stand concerning this. Ty
America….we have to stand up to the democratic (communist party). They are trying to turn our country into a communist country….. let the revolution begin!!
I get very tired of people always putting the gun control issue squarely in the lap of “The Democrates”. Although I’m not registered in either party. In most cases I lean alot more left than right. A person can have a love of guns and still not be a republican. In fact, if it came down to me losing my right to have my guns, and voting for more of of the insanity that is coming out of the Trump white house, well, just tell me when a where to drop off my guns. The second amendment in my view, is really about making sure that, we the people can insure that the government stays in check and that if it DOES get out of control, the people can do something about it.
In the 66 years I have been on this earth, the present government in my view is the most out of control one we have ever had. So please, just because you may agree with ONE view the present administration has, don’t disreguard all the other damaging things it has done and may continue to do.
And old Viet Nam era Marine.
As an old time Army Ranger and I respectfully disagree Devil. “Most out of control you’ve seen? “. Is that anything like “
“tell Yuri that I will have more flexibility after my election for these arms control issues”. Barry Sotero circa 2011
Or Jie Biden’s son getting a job after Biden took over Ukrainian foreign affairs?
Or 3% of our Iranium being sold to Russia by Barry the “true Americans citizen” regime
Or the Commandant having to bring back the former SNCO SSG on active duty in order to get medical treatment because Barry and Hillary cut them loose and she said literally F’ em’. Remember the one that held the line within former SEALS and Rangers in Benghazi?
I could go on buts that’s just the treasonous part
They are all crooked in some way hence I recommend you calm down about Trump and the 3% unemployment rate. I know how Marines like to run head long into the hill without supporting fires.
The press is out of control because they took sides 11 years ago. If guys like us took to the streets and told the press to report fairly left and right then I’d feel better about the republic
Of course I meant uranium
Thank you Sir, first for your service and 2nd your comment. I too am a Army family, with a son who proudly serves. And I believe anyone who supports the democratic party is a disgrace to the American people and the men and women who put their lives on the line. This is the best I have seen our economy in a long time. May God bless you and your family and keep you safe.
You say you have been on this earth for the last 66 years and think this is the worst it’s ever been? Were you living in a cave in seclusion during the 8 years prior? During that administration we had a disgrace of a president that funded Iran with resources that they used to fund assaults against Americans. We finally, for the first time in a long time have a president who puts Americans and America first. If you want to give up your firearms, go for it. Just leave me and mine alone. I’ve had firearms in the home for 60 years and they have never committed a crime. Stripping the American public of their 2nd Amendment rights has nothing to do with security and protection. It’s about control. You go ahead and give up your rights to defend and protect your family, I’ll hold on to mine
America, has a constitution, that guarantees certain rights, the 2A is one of those rights. Everytime another law is passed, we lose part of our freedom.
Death by a thousand cuts, the list of Countries that started taking away gun rights is very long and is coming here, if we don’t stand up and fight back.
All you gun owners who voted for the democrats better wake up and watch out for the Bloomberg money coming in to VA to support and buy all these democrats. Wake UP
That’s so stupid, no one’s taking my guns idiot’s!
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