When it comes to the Constitution of the United States, this is how the Second Amendment reads:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Virginia’s Fauquier County has spoken, becoming the latest in the state to unanimously pass a resolution in support of the Second Amendment.

The resolution was three pages long and read aloud by Fauquier’s Board of Supervisors, Chris Butler, at a meeting on Monday evening, Dec. 23, in the Warren Green Building in Warrenton.

The county’s position on the matter stated as such:

“Fauquier County strongly opposes any legislative attempts to undermine or limit legal and Constitutional gun ownership in the County and Commonwealth of Virginia.”

The audience included some 50 pro-gun enthusiasts wearing bright orange stickers that read “Guns Save Lives.” The resolution was declaring that Fauquier County would become a “Constitutional County.”

Fauquier County latest in Virginia to pass resolution

The legislation was adopted by a vote of 5-0, and there was no comment during the quick, 5-minute meeting. Hearty applause and whistles broke out following the vote.

Nowhere in the language does it state that Fauquier County would obstruct the implementation of any gun laws introduced in 2020. However, Fauquier County has gone on record stating in the resolution that it would strongly condemn “threats from the governor and members of the General Assembly to withhold funds to localities that have gone on record in support of the right to keep and bear arms.”

Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel of Marshall District later remarked that the board had worked hard and thoughtfully while crafting the resolution and took into account all sides on the matter and tried to strike the appropriate balance.

Chairman Butler commented following the vote, “We stand behind the Constitution as it’s written, not only the Second Amendment but all of it, the U.S. and state.”

Other Virginia counties have since passed similar legislation, but these counties had titled their resolution as the “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”

Fauquier County’s resolution also delivers the same firm tone in that the county opposes any laws that restrict the right to keep and bear arms.

However, Mark R. Herring (D), the state attorney general, has stated in a recent advisory opinion that the resolutions adopted by some 90 Virginia counties, cities and towns backing the right to keep and bear arms would have no “legal effect.” He added that localities and local officials cannot nullify state laws.

Gun rights advocates have felt the pressure to enact legislation protecting the Second Amendment ever since Democratic Governor Ralph Northam and a group of Democratic legislators announced a push for stricter gun laws during the 2020 General Assembly’s convening on Jan. 8th.

Virginia Democrats now have the majority in both the 100-member House of Delegates and 40-member Senate. Democrats have made it very clear that gun control measures are at the top of their list.

Virginia to pass resolution backing Second Amendment

Many Virginia gun owners fear that it may become harder in 2020 for law-abiding citizens to buy firearms and to be able to protect themselves, their property and their family.

The Fauquier County resolution also calls on the state to enact on these recommendations:

“Waiving sales tax on gun safes and gun safety locks to help promote such safe gun handling practices.”

“More state funding “for firearms education in schools and firearms safety education.”

“Strong penalties for adults” who “allow unsafe access to firearms by children.”

Additional state funding “for mental health screening and services.”

Fauquier County’s population in 2020 is an estimated 69,528 with a growth rate of 1.04 percent.

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