Elected leaders send message, declaring Second Amendment Sanctuaries

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Members of the Campbell County Board of Supervisors took up the issue two weeks ago.

"The rights of a free citizenry to keep and bear arms is fundamental to our constitution and how we were founded," one member said as the board voted to declare Campbell County a second amendment sanctuary.

And they're not alone.

The supervisors in at least six other counties in our part of Virginia have also declared their counties Second Amendment sanctuaries, and several more are expected to follow their example.

"If you look at what we're doing, I don't think it infringes on anybody's second amendment rights," said State Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke).

Edwards said if people want to challenge legislation passed by the General Assembly the remedy is to go to court.

"I think people are being paranoid and it's totally unnecessary," Edwards told WDBJ7.

Delegate Chris Head (R-Botetourt) has a different view.

"I think this may be a case in which it is justifiable to be concerned and so that's not paranoia, that's concern," Head said Wednesday afternoon.

Head said the Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions might be unusual, but they're not surprising.

"The United States Constitution is incredibly clear and unambiguous when it says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Period," Head said. "And I think what you're seeing is localities simply wanting to make sure the rest of my colleagues in Richmond understand."

Tuesday night, large crowds turned out for board meetings in Amherst and Franklin Counties. And it appears the list will grow much longer between now and the start of the General Assembly session in January.

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