Constitutional rights resolution to be considered by county

Published 9:53 am Thursday, January 16, 2020

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They’re not calling it a Second Amendment sanctuary, but Davie County commissioners on Feb. 3 will consider a resolution for Davie County to stand as a Constitutional Rights Protection County.

The move, according to County Manager John Eller, would be “advocating for all constitutional rights of our citizens, opposing any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights, and using the legal means at its disposal to defend and protect the rights of the citizens, including the right to keep and bear arms.”

The resolution, he said, is in response to concerns about a threat to such rights. Counties in several states have enacted “Second Amendment Sanctuary” county resolutions after Virginia legislators proposed new gun control measures.

“It is the intent and desire of the board of commissioners that this action will be seen as a measure to formally assure our citizens that the protection of their constitutional rights is of utmost importance,” Eller wrote. “The board expects a unanimous vote to adopt the resolution.”

Davie Sheriff J.D. Hartman endorsed the resolution, saying he couldn’t imagine trying to enforce some of the regulations being proposed in Virginia.