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Virginia Second Amendment Sanctuary Information

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Second Amendment sanctuary, also known as a gun sanctuary, refers to states, counties, or localities in the United States that have adopted laws or resolutions to prohibit or impede the enforcement of certain gun control measures perceived as violative of the Second Amendment such as universal gun background checks, high capacity magazine bans, assault weapon bans, red flag laws, etc.

 

States and counties that have passed Second Amendment sanctuary laws or resolutions as of January 19, 2020: 

 

91 out of 95 counties, 15 out of 38 independent cities, and 33 towns have adopted Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions:

Accomack (plus Chincoteague Town and Parksley Town)

Alleghany (plus Clifton Forge Town)

Amelia

Amherst

Appomattox

Augusta

Bath

Bedford (plus Bedford Town)

Bland

Botetourt

Bristol City

Brunswick

Buchanan

Buckingham

Buena Vista City

Campbell (plus Altavista Town)

Caroline (plus Bowling Green Town)

Carroll

Charlotte

Charles City County

Chesapeake City

Chesterfield

Clarke (plus Berryville Town)

Colonial Heights City

Covington City

Craig

Culpeper (plus Culpeper Town)

Cumberland

Dickenson

Dinwiddie

Essex (plus Tappahannock Town)

Fauquier

Floyd

Fluvanna

Franklin City

Franklin County (plus Rocky Mount Town)

Frederick

Galax City

Giles

Gloucester

Goochland

Grayson

Greene

Greensville

Halifax

Hanover

Henrico

Henry

Highland

Hopewell City

Isle of Wight

James City County

King and Queen

King George

King William

Lancaster (plus White Stone Town)

Lee

Louisa (plus Mineral Town)

Lunenburg

Madison

Martinsville City

Mathews

Mecklenburg

Middlesex

Montgomery

Nelson

New Kent

Northampton (plus Exmore Town)

Northumberland

Norton City

Nottoway (plus Blackstone Town and Crewe Town)

Orange

Page (plus Stanley Town)

Patrick

Pittsylvania

Poquoson City

Portsmouth City

Powhatan

Prince Edward

Prince George

Prince William

Pulaski (plus Pulaski Town)

Rappahannock

Richmond County (plus Warsaw Town)

Roanoke County (plus Vinton Town)

Rockbridge

Rockingham (plus Elkton Town and Grottoes Town)

Russell

Salem City

Scott

Shenandoah (plus Mount Jackson, New Market Town, and Strasburg Town)

Smyth (plus Chilhowie Town and Saltville Town)

Southampton

Spotsylvania

Stafford

Suffolk City

Surry (plus Claremont Town)

Sussex

Tazewell (plus Bluefield Town and Cedar Bluff Town)

Virginia Beach City

Warren

Washington

Westmoreland

Wise (plus Appalachia Town,Big Stone Gap Town, and Wise Town)

Wythe (plus Rural Retreat Town)

York

 

On December 19, 2019, at the request of Del. Jerrauld C. Jones (D-Norfolk), state Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion indicating the sanctuary resolutions were null and void. A press release quoted him as saying: “When the General Assembly passes new gun safety laws they will be enforced, and they will be followed. These resolutions have no legal force, and they're just part of an effort by the gun lobby to stoke fear”.  Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) claimed that Herring's recent opinion contradicted his 2014 stance "regarding the supremacy of state law over the preferences of the officials who must enforce them".  Gilbert was referring to Herring's refusal to defend Virginia's Marshall-Newman Amendment, a voter-approved constitutional provision that prohibited same-sex marriages.

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