Virginia Sheriffs at 2A Rally Delivered a Message to State Lawmakers
Several Virginia Sheriffs made up part of the crowd at the second amendment rally at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond on Monday according to multiple reports.
The American Military News reported that Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan along with several other uniformed officers held a sign saying "We Support The Second Amendment" in the midst of the pro-Second Amendment crowd.
Vaughn was clear that his presence was in opposition of a proposed gun control measure before the Democratic-controlled Virginia legislature that he considered unconstitutional.
“We support upholding the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia. That’s what we will do,” Vaughan told reporters, going on to say that “If the bills go through as proposed, they will not be enforced. They are unconstitutional.”
Vaughn’s jurisdiction is one of the counties in Virginia that has adopted a "Second Amendment Sanctuary" resolution according to the AMN.
That resolution consists of “calling to deprioritize the enforcement of new gun control measures adopted at the state level. By Dec. 18, 86 of Virginia’s 95 counties had adopted the sanctuary measures and numerous other towns and cities had adopted their own measures in opposition to new gun laws being proposed,” the AMN reported.
“Those sanctuary measures are not legally binding, but have been floated as a means of signaling opposition to new gun laws and a suggestion that those localities will not prioritize the enforcement of such laws.
“During his county’s vote on their own Second Amendment sanctuary resolution, Sheriff Scott Jenkins of Culpeper County suggested further safeguarding gun owners in his jurisdiction by deputizing them as law enforcement officers. The move would presumably extend applicable law enforcement exemptions included in new gun control measures.
“Jenkins reportedly spoke at the rally on Monday along with another sheriff.”