Amherst County adopts Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution


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AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Amherst County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution, becoming the 32nd locality in Virginia to do so.

According to the Virginia Citizens Defense League, over ten localities in Southwest Virginia have voted to adopt the resolution.

Dean Rodgers, Amherst County Administrator said, there was no doubt in his mind on how the board of supervisors would vote.

“This was not a contentious vote . . . we are a conservative community. I presume all the board members own guns and some of them carry. Amherst County like other rural counties is concerned about the erosion of their second amendment rights,” Rodgers said.

He said more than 120 people attended the board meeting, with the majority of speakers during the public comment portion of the meeting expressing support for the measure.

Rodgers said a handful of members of the NAACP, identified by t-shirts with the social justice organization’s logo, did speak at the meeting in opposition to the resolution.

The resolution, Rodgers said, is not binding nor requires action from county staff, but serves to send a message to state legislators that “this is important to us, don’t mess with it.”

He said the county attorney consulted with the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office and the Commonwealth Attorney in reference to the language in the resolution.

The resolution does not change any law, nor require action from the Sheriff’s Office, he said.

Check out the resolution here.


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