LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg has declared itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.

City Council passing the ordinance with a 5-2 vote in favor, with the only two no votes from MaryJane Dolan and Sterling Wilder.

Newly-elected Mayor Stephanie Reed introduced the ordinance. She says she has worked for the past three years to support it. The vote comes as a response to Gun Control Legislation before the General Assembly in 2019.

As a Second Amendment sanctuary, Lynchburg has agreed not to use public funds to restrict gun right.

Councilwoman Dolan says they have received sixty emails in the last 24 hours asking the council not to discuss the issue.

“If I thought for one second that this resolution would do that, would increase a risk, I would not support it,” Mayor Reed said in response to concerns from citizens.

Dolan says the resolution holds no legal impact and any legal decisions around gun laws will be made through courts.

“An item that holds no legality and that we have no jurisdiction over,” she said. “In the event of any conflicts about 2nd amendment rights, federal supersedes state law and local ordinances. So the resolution is irrelevant.”

Along with Lynchburg, over a hundred cities in the Commonwealth have passed similar resolutions.