One of Virginia’s Democratic state
delegates has requested Attorney General Mark Herring (D) offer a formal
opinion on the growing number of Second Amendment sanctuary declarations being
made by conservative counties across the state.
The Virginia Mercury reported on
December 2nd, “Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, said
a legal opinion could help clear up confusion on an issue that has ‘become a
flashpoint across our state.’”
Virginia recently passed a whole
new slate of gun laws and Jones told the Attorney General that he is concerned
amount of Second Amendment sanctuary counties endanger the Commonwealth’s
integrity. He said, “The bills passed by the General Assembly and
signed into law by the governor are binding for our entire Commonwealth and its
citizens… The legal precedent we would set by allowing communities to
selectively ignore those laws at will is alarming and indicative of the same
mindset that nearly one hundred and fifty years ago led this country to
dissolve into a civil war.”
In the past Virginia’s governor and
Attorney General has painted people who support the Second Amendment as
potential domestic terrorists, rightwing extremists, and as Ammoland’s David
Codrea says, “the most damning smear of all: racists.”
True to the narrative state
delegate Jones wrote:
Given the recurring incidents
of gun violence in Norfolk and its surrounding areas, violence that has
repeatedly been shown to disproportionately harm communities of color, it is my
firm belief that it is incumbent on me as their elected representative to
request action from your office on this matter.
Other attacks on gun-rights
advocates in Virginia is the Democrat proposed Intolerable Acts. This edict is
directly aimed at those in the state who believe the Second Amendment is the
ultimate check and balance retained by the people.
Another new law flags
credit card purchases under the guise of protecting Virginia citizens from
“homegrown violent extremists and other perpetrators of domestic terrorism.” In
reality the law allows the government to create a de facto gun registry list
and would make confiscation a snap.
As Cordea notes:
It’s curious that Jones, a
politician virtually guaranteed his seat based on district demographics is
complaining about Virginians in peaceable places like Tazewell County, rated
“among the safest counties in the USA with 1.00 per 1,000 residents crime rate
compared to national 4.69 per 1,000 average.” By comparison, Norfolk’s crime
rate “was higher than in 85.2% of U.S. cities.”
At this point, Attorney General
Herring is telling reporters that the Second Amendment resolutions carry no
legal weight. Herring says the resolutions will have no legal effect but are
“just the gun lobby trying to scare a lot of people.”
More than 40 cities and counties in
Virginia have declared that as 2nd Amendment sanctuaries they will not
enforce the new invasive gun control laws.
“We’ve got plenty of gun laws, too
many,” said gun-rights activist Phillip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia
Citizens Defense League. “These localities won’t attempt to enforce or spend
money on enforcing unconstitutional gun laws.”
Despite what Herring says, Van
Cleave warns that gun rights activists will not be satisfied with
empty gestures. He said that he and others are “prepared to sue and get
injunctions to prevent these things from taking effect” if they must.
Meanwhile gun-control zealots
continue to declare those who adhere to “the supreme Law of the
Land” to be lawless and haters.
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