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Virginia municipalities take on Second Amendment Sanctuary status

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Published: Dec. 4, 2019 at 11:24 PM EST
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Communities across the Commonwealth have spent weeks discussing gun rights and deciding whether to become Second Amendment Sanctuaries.

Many of the localities in WDBJ7’s viewing area and across the state have passed resolutions in regards to the movement.

The resolutions are not legally binding; they are instead statements aimed at letting state lawmakers know they don't want any restrictions of Second Amendment rights.

Dozens have adopted resolutions to become Second Amendment Sanctuaries; others stopped short of using the word "sanctuary" in favor of simply supporting 2nd Amendment rights. The City of Roanoke chose to

, saying the 2nd Amendment already protects gun rights, so there is no need for a resolution.

This is a look, as of January 8, at decisions that have been made and discussions planned for the future. (

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  • Alleghany County: Adopted a resolution on Dec. 3
  • Amherst County: Adopted a resolution on Dec. 3
  • Appomattox County: Adopted a resolution on Nov. 18
  • Bath County: Adopted a resolution Dec. 10
  • Bedford County: Adopted resolution Dec. 9
  • Bland County: Adopted a resolution on Nov. 26
  • Botetourt County: Adopted resolution Dec. 9
  • Buena Vista: Resolution vote scheduled Dec. 21
  • Campbell County: Adopted a resolution Nov. 7
  • Carroll County: Adopted a resolution May 13
  • Craig County: Adopted a resolution Dec. 5
  • Charlotte County: Adopted a resolution Nov. 13
  • Floyd County: Adopted a resolution Dec. 10
  • Franklin County: Adopted resolution Dec. 17
  • Galax: Adopted a "Second Amendment resolution" distinct from being a "Sanctuary" on Dec. 9
  • Giles County: Adopted a resolution Nov. 21
  • Grayson County: Adopted resolution Dec. 12
  • Halifax County: Adopted a resolution Dec. 2
  • Henry County: Adopted a resolution Nov. 26
  • Highland County: Resolution adopted Jan. 8
  • Lynchburg: Voted Jan. 14 against sanctuary status
  • Martinsville: Martinsville City Council voted Tuesday to support Second Amendment Sanctuaries but will not become one
  • Montgomery County: Adopted resolution without the word "sanctuary" after Dec. 16 meeting
  • Nelson County Adopted resolution Dec. 10
  • Pittsylvania County: Adopted a resolution Nov. 19
  • Pulaski: Adopted resolution Dec. 17
  • Pulaski County: Adopted resolution Dec. 16
  • Roanoke: Issue dropped Dec. 2
  • Roanoke County: Adopted a resolution Dec. 3
  • Rockbridge County: Adopted a resolution Dec. 9
  • Smyth County: Adopted a resolution Dec. 10
  • Vinton: Adopted a resolution Dec. 17
  • Wythe County: Adopted a resolution Nov. 26

Experts explain the Second Amendment Sanctuaries are symbolic and are a way for communities to make a political statement following the newly elected Democratic majority in the General Assembly.

WDBJ7 had reported Galax City Council had voted unanimously to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The city has made the distinction that they adopted a "Second Amendment resolution."

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