Supporters of second amendment sanctuaries send political message

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) From Alleghany to Halifax, and many places in between, we've heard pointed comments and seen large crowds, as more communities join the list of Second Amendment Sanctuaries.

The governing bodies in more than 30 localities across the state have now joined the list. Roanoke College Professor Harry Wilson says they are essentially making a political statement, putting the new Democratic majority in the General Assembly on notice that many Virginians do not support stricter gun control measures.

"It does clearly send a message to the General Assembly and to the Governor there are significant portions of the population that do not support these measures," Wilson said.

But what is the impact?

Virginia Tech professor Bob Denton says the resolutions are symbolic, but could also have some bite.

"We've seen sanctuary cities in relation to immigration not follow federal law, ignoring federal statutes and law and cooperation," Denton said. "And it will be interesting to see that if the same things would happen in localities, this could end up in court."

And Denton said he believes it could have an impact on the gun control debate as well.

The House of Delegates is expected to approve a range of gun control measures, but Denton and Wilson say it remains to be seen just how far the State Senate and the Governor will be willing to go.

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