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Amherst County unanimously becomes Virginia’s latest Second Amendment sanctuary

Vote passed Tuesday afternoon

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. – Tuesday afternoon, Amherst County became a Second Amendment sanctuary.

It’s now the 28th county in Virginia to do so.

It was a full room where a majority of the people in attendance clapped after they got what they wanted. A small group left disappointed.

The Amherst County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 passing the resolution.

Board members say they want legislators in Richmond to know they will stand by their citizens are calling for them not to adopt or infringe on the right to bear arms.

Tuesday’s resolution is the second draft county leaders created after community members demanded it be placed on the agenda a few weeks back.

With today's decision also came some opposition.

Amherst’s NAACP Chapter president, Gloria Witt, and others believe the county should not have taken a stand on the issue.

They believe there should be some form of control like universal background checks.

"Gun control does not equal take away your gun. You will still have a right to your gun. But do you really need an AK-47? I question that,” Witt said.

"Reality is that ... people are going to do bad things. If we don’t have our weapons to protect ourselves then we’re screwed,” Michael Steele said.

There were others who said the county should have involved the entire community before creating and passing the resolution.

“Until such professional survey is conducted the board is only guessing what the Amherst County community wants. That’s 31,000 gang, not 200 not 300,” said Bill Peters, Liaison for NAACP.

"I have a gun to protect myself if somebody ... breaks into my house and I’m not going to give it up. I don’t care what anybody says,” another gun advocate said.

Those against the resolution say they’ll be watching closely at what legislators will do in Richmond.

As for Amherst, county leaders say the resolution will officially be adopted on Dec. 3.


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