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Gloucester County to vote on ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ resolution

Some Virginia counties have voted to honor and defend gun rights by declaring their counties to be “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.”

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. — Gloucester County could be the next county in Virginia to pass a resolution to defend its gun rights.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution in December. This comes after Governor Ralph Northam said his party’s leaders will push for gun control measures.

Chair of the Board of Supervisors Ashley Chriscoe said the board is getting tons of feedback from people who live in the county.

“They are concerned about the infringement of their second amendment leading to the deterioration of other rights,” Chriscoe said.

Chriscoe said the resolution would basically state that the county will not expend county resources if laws are handed down from Richmond stating that there are guns that now considered illegal, and possession of those guns will result in a felony. Simply put, the county won't enforce any new restrictive gun control laws.

There are seven board members in Gloucester. Chriscoe said he plans to vote yes to the resolution. So does board member Phillip Bazzani. 

13News Now reached out to the other five board members.

Gloucester County Sheriff Darrell Warren sent 13News Now a statement that said:

I fully support the resolution and have shared this with all seven members of our Board of Supervisors.

“My hope is Richmond will see the rural counties [support] their second amendment rights,” Chriscoe said.

Chriscoe said the county wants to send a message.

“We are upholding our oath to protect the constitution,” Chriscoe said.

The debate is growing in Gloucester County. 

James Sharp has lived in the county more than 20 years. He believes there should be laws in place that prohibit guns used for mass shootings. He also said gun registration is key.

“If you buy a gun, your name should be on a list of people who have one,” Sharp said.

The Board of Supervisors is set to vote on the resolution December 3.

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