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Frederick Board to Hear Second Amendment Support

3 December 2019 Winchester Frederick County News

December 3, 2019

WINCHESTER – The Frederick County Board of Supervisors will likely hear strong support for gun rights during their upcoming Dec. 11 meeting.

Support for Second Amendment rights has been swelling since the Nov. 5 elections that led to full state legislature control for Democrats since 1994. Governor Ralph Northam made it clear that stricter gun control legislation is a top priority for Democrat lawmakers in the state. In reaction, several localities in the state have symbolically declared themselves as “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” The counties of Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, Charlotte, Carroll and Pittsylvania have all already passed legislation to become sanctuaries, and several more counties are considering legislation. The nearby town of Strasburg is currently debating whether or not to pass legislation on the issue.

Frederick County resident Corey O’Donnell started a petition on change.org directed towards the Frederick Board. The petition is “to form a Second Amendment sanctuary… the residences of Frederick County are petitioning that the Board of Supervisors will publicly issue a statement that supports upholding the United States Constitution and all of the Constitutional rights that each citizen retains.”

As of this article, 3,851 people have signed the online petition. According to reporting in the Winchester Star, over 100 people plan on attending the upcoming BoS meeting to present the petition to the Board.

None of the resolutions made by the Virginia counties are legally binding. Each county would still have to follow state law, if gun legislation is passed by the Virginia State Legislature.

If the Board of Supervisors were to pass a “Second Amendment sanctuary” resolution, it would be done in a future meeting after the item is placed on an official agenda for the Board.


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