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VA – GUN POLITICS – Gun rights controversy spills over into 2020

Agitated gun enthusiasts this year continued fighting state efforts to restrict the right to bear arms, seeking help from local officials with mixed results. They feared that various proposals to be considered by the General Assembly would hurt their ability to own and use firearms for protection and recreation. Some of the proposals failed, yet others were enacted. Among those that became law: Personal background checks became required on all firearms sales, and individuals were limited to buying no more than one handgun per month. Also enacted was an “Extreme Risk Protective Order” enabling police to temporarily seize guns from people who they believe could harm themselves or others. Several days before the legislative session began in January, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution urging the General Assembly and Congress “not to adopt or enact any law that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms in violation of the Second Amendment” of the U.S. Constitution. At two supervisors meetings last December, hundreds of people flooded the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center to voice opinions on the issue. The vast majority of those who addressed the leaders of the mostly rural county urged them to take a stance against the proposed state legislation. “The right of the law-abiding citizens of Clarke County to keep and bear arms for the purpose of lawful self-defense and hunting … is a part of the fabric of this county and must be respected and upheld,” the adopted resolution stated.  [full article]

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