(South Boston, VA) – The Board of Supervisors in Halifax County have added their county to a growing list of rural Virginia counties to become Second Amendment sanctuaries. The board voted unanimously in favor of the resolution.
Halifax County joins Appomattox, Campbell, Charlotte and Pittsylvania Counties who have all voted to become Second Amendment sanctuaries after Democrats seized both House and Senate chambers in Richmond on Novemeber 5th’s elections.
A crowd of roughly four hundred citizens showed up for Monday nights meeting. Board members opened the floor for comments and were met with both advocates for and against the resolution. Some community members wanted this vote to be a show of solidarity in rural Virginia and inform Governor Ralph Northram that the gun legislation he plans to put back on the state legislative floors aren’t going to be tolerated.
Some who oppose the measure believe this is the localities, “thinly veiled attempt to subvert the will of the majority as expressed on November 5th,” according to local NAACP chair Barbara Coleman Brown who herself is a gun owner.
Other areas of the state are still considering taking up the resolution, Amherst, Bedford and Carroll Counties all have votes planned.
Becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary means that localities not expend resources to enforce certain gun control measures perceived as violative of the Second Amendment. The resolutions oppose enforcement of universal gun background checks, high capacity magazine bans, assault weapon bans, red flag laws, and more.