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VA – GUN RIGHTS – ‘Unconstitutional and worthless’: Emails show officials doubting gun sanctuaries

Tighter gun laws aren’t the only thing rural Virginia counties have resisted as they’ve declared themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries.” They’ve also defied legal advice in some cases, ignoring warnings from county attorneys and administrators that the sanctuary resolutions are legally meaningless and dangerously confusing. “We are getting calls from people who believe this resolution has swept away ALL gun laws in the County,” Tazewell County administrator Eric Young, a lawyer, warned in a Nov. 26 email to Eric Whitesell, a private attorney then leading the sanctuary effort. One email, he wrote, came from a couple who “were denied licenses to sell guns and now want to sell them.” In a Nov. 20 email to some supervisors, Young described sanctuary declarations as “unconstitutional and worthless.” The emails were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that supports gun control. The organization provided copies to The Washington Post, which independently confirmed their authenticity. The messages show local officials questioning the validity of sanctuary resolutions that were being rapidly adopted by Virginia counties, cities and towns as the new Democratic majorities in the state legislature prepared to pass sweeping gun control measures. The emails also describe confusion among residents about whether living in a so-called gun sanctuary would remove limits on how guns could be bought and sold. The emails were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that supports gun control. The organization provided copies to The Washington Post, which independently confirmed their authenticity. The messages show local officials questioning the validity of sanctuary resolutions that were being rapidly adopted by Virginia counties, cities and towns as the new Democratic majorities in the state legislature prepared to pass sweeping gun control measures. The emails also describe confusion among residents about whether living in a so-called gun sanctuary would remove limits on how guns could be bought and sold. [full article]

 

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