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After Big Dem Wins, State's Gun Advocates Seek 'Sanctuary'

Virginia's Roanoke County just declared itself '2nd Amendment Sanctuary'; Roanoke the city declined
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 4, 2019 7:52 AM CST
Skyline in Roanoke, Va.   (Getty Images/SeanPavonePhoto)

(Newser) – Officials of a Virginia city have rebuffed pleas by gun advocates asking it to declare the city a so-called "Second Amendment Sanctuary." Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea on Monday announced at a packed City Council meeting that he sees no benefit in validating what the US Constitution already guarantees, per the AP. The declaration to a room mostly filled with people wearing stickers claiming "guns save lives" was met with shouted comments, the most audible being, "We will not comply." News outlets report gun advocates across Virginia have pushed localities to declare themselves gun rights sanctuaries after November's elections put Democrats in control of the Statehouse. The Virginia Citizens Defense League says there are now more than 40 "Second Amendment Sanctuary counties, towns, and cities" in the commonwealth.

In fact, even though Roanoke city rebuffed efforts to join that list, Roanoke County did the opposite on Tuesday with a unanimous vote by its board of supervisors. The vote took place after more than two hours of citizen discussion, in which WSLS reports supporters "engaged in historical hyperbole ... comparing their symbolic movement to that of Colonial American Revolutionists symbolically dumping tea in the Boston harbor." "The Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment stands, end of story," one supporter said. "There shouldn't even be any more discussion after that." Others disagreed. "I believe that Roanoke County and the board of supervisors have much more critical and important items to deal with than [discussing] and [passing] a meaningless resolution that is not worth the paper that it's printed on," a critic noted.

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