Dozens of counties in Virginia have declared themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries” in recent weeks after Democrats won control of the state legislature last month.
The resolutions are not legally binding, CNN noted, and instead serve as declarations of support for citizens to exercise the right to carry weapons.
“The counties and gun groups are asking the jurisdictions and the commonwealth to support gun rights and their Second Amendment to make sure they [the state legislature] aren’t going to do anything to take that away,” Jonathan Lynn, county administrator and clerk of the Board of Surrey County, told the network.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has already vowed to reintroduce gun control legislation when lawmakers reconvene next year. He introduced the measure over the summer, but it went nowhere in the GOP-controlled legislature.
Northam’s proposal came during a special session on gun control after a mass shooting in Virginia Beach that claimed 12 lives.
Democrats in Virginia last month took control of the state legislature for the first time in more than 20 years, with many running on a platform calling for stricter gun control.
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