Warren County now a Second Amendment Sanctuary
December 12, 2019
FRONT ROYAL – Prior to a unanimous vote to approve the resolution deeming Warren County a Second Amendment sanctuary, the Warren Board of Supervisors heard hours of citizen support for a declaration.
The Board held their regular meeting the morning of Tuesday, and scheduled a special meeting for 7 pm that night. The special meeting was to hear public comments about, and then vote on, a resolution that would declare Warren County a Second Amendment sanctuary. It was the latest in a string of such resolutions in over 40 counties and localities in Virginia.
Over 40 local residents spoke up in favor of the declaration of a Second Amendment sanctuary. The commentary ranged from the need for personal protection to defending “God-given rights” as claimed in a letter written by Representative Ben Cline of Lexington, Kentucky, which was read by Warren County Republican Committee Chairman Steven Kurtz.
Only two residents spoke in dissent of the resolution. Steve Foreman, the Warren County Democratic Committee Chairman, claimed that gun violence is a public health crisis. He was booed by parts of the crowd in attendance. Warren Board Chairman Dan Murray quieted the crowd and allowed Foreman to finish his statement.
The meeting lasted almost three hours, and prior to its conclusion the Warren County Board of Supervisors approved the resolution unanimously, with a 5-0 vote. The declarations across Virginia follow legislative victories for Democrats throughout the state, and comments by Governor Ralph Northam that claim a key legislative desire for the party is to pass new gun control measures in 2020.
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