FRONT ROYAL — The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider whether Warren County should be a “sanctuary” for gun owners.
A public hearing and potential vote on a proposed resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary is the only matter on the agenda for the supervisors’ 7 p.m. meeting in Warren County High School’s auditorium.
Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions have been adopted by 43 Virginia counties in response to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement of impending gun control measures that will be taken up when the General Assembly meets in January under control of Northam’s party
Supervisors Chairman Dan Murray said over the phone it appears that the board is in favor of the resolution.
He said: “I carry all time” and “with the way the world is today, I think it’s important to be able to exercise Second Amendment rights.”
Supervisor Tony Carter said over the phone that he fully expects the resolution to be adopted, adding that it is important to support the Constitution and responsible gun owners’ rights.
Supervisor Tom Sayre stated via email that he fully supports the Second Amendment.
Sayre noted that Virginia is a “Dillon Rule state, meaning a locality’s laws are superseded by the state. Still, he said: “One has a legal and a moral responsibility to obey just laws, but conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
“Sadly, many have forgotten the natural law. We are enjoying the fruit of an earlier generation who knew how to plant and cultivate the tree of liberty, but do we know how to keep that tree alive? We are living off the fruit as long as the tree will bear but without constant cultivation, the tree slowly withers and eventually dies, and we no longer know how to plant more trees like it,” Sayre stated.
Supervisors Archie Fox and Linda Glavis did not return phone messages seeking comments.
Warren County’s proposal states that “due to dual sovereignty of the U.S. Constitution, the Federal government has no authority to enforce laws and States cannot be compelled to enforce Federal laws.”
It adds that the federal government “cannot compel law enforcement officers of the States to enforce federal laws as it would increase the power of the Federal government far beyond that which the Constitution intended.”
The Strasburg Town Council and the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors have both considered resolutions to make their localities Second Amendment sanctuaries.
Shenandoah County’s proposal states that “certain legislation that has or may be introduced in the Virginia General Assembly, and certain legislation which has or may be introduced in the United States Congress could have the effect of infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.”
The proposed resolution adds that Shenandoah County “wishes to express opposition to any law” restricting citizens’ rights to bear arms.
The resolution states that the Shenandoah County supervisors express the “intent to uphold the Second Amendment” and county funds will not be used to restrict gun rights.
During a recent Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting, two citizens expressed their desires to reside in a Second Amendment sanctuary.
Bonlyn Hawley said Warren County needs to protect citizens’ rights that are granted by the Constitution.
“We have the right to bear arms to protect our homes, to protect our freedoms. Also the ability to go forth and provide for our families in the venue of hunting. It’s also a very active sport,” she said.
Ross Mcvey, a retired Army veteran, said he has “used firearms as part of my lifestyle for more than 40 years.”
He said he moved to Virginia “specifically because I didn’t want to deal with some of the issues that other states had done a tyrannical act by taking away rights.”
“I specifically moved to the soul and heart of freedom and liberty,” he said.
He said the state’s legislative body “is going to put tyranny on all of us.”
Warren County’s full resolution can be read on the county’s website.