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Mount Jackson adopts Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution

16 January 2020 Shenandoah County News


A split Mount Jackson Town Council adopted a resolution this week to join the growing number of Second Amendment sanctuaries in the area. More than 100 people attended the Town Council’s special meeting and public hearing on the proposed resolution. It declares Mount Jackson a “Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Section 13 of the Constitution of Virginia Sanctuary.” This resolution mirrors one adopted by the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors in December.

Council members Whitney Miller, Rod Shepherd and Bonnie C. Good voted in favor of adopting the resolution. Judy Fultz and Roger Judy voted against the motion. Dennis L. Andrick did not attend the meeting but provided a written statement in which he expressed support for the resolution he brought to the council. Mayor Donald “Donnie” Pifer did not vote because there was no tie, but told the audience he supported the resolution.

Judy explained his reasons for not supporting the resolution, which led to some outbursts from the audience. First, Judy told audience members that the proposed legislation that sparked the sanctuary movement has since been withdrawn and replaced by another proposal.

“I’ve heard a lot this evening from some very fine speakers talking about some very dramatic issues and I think we need to understand, or my understanding is that this article is not saying you cannot have a handgun,” Judy said. “It does not say you cannot have a concealed weapon. It does not say you cannot have an open-carry (firearm).”

Judy expressed concern about language in the resolution he said takes away Town Council’s ability to evaluate any law that addresses gun safety.

Good spoke about her reasons for supporting the resolution. She pointed out that the resolution states that the judicial system ultimately would resolve any constitutionality questions with gun-related legislation.

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