Virginia Democrats Warn Second Amendment Sanctuaries: Gun Control 'WILL Be Enforced'
AG Mark Herring (D-VA) issues warning to 2A sanctuary counties and municipalities
As citizens in Virginia have risen up to defy their Democrat-control state government, by declaring Second Amendment Sanctuary status in their counties and municipalities, Democratic officials have responded by warning that gun control "WILL be enforced."
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) issued the warning to the dozens of 2A sanctuaries that have been declared across the state.
The warning from Democrat AG Herring follows reports that at least 86 of Virginia’s 95 counties, and numerous cities too, have now declared themselves to be Second Amendment Sanctuaries, vowing to protect the gun rights of their citizens.
Similar to liberal illegal immigration sanctuary cities, law enforcement officials in Second Amendment sanctuary counties would refuse to prosecute people for violations of laws they don't agree with.
Virginia's Democratic lawmakers have threatened law enforcement officials in those counties with potential prosecution should they refuse to comply with their anti-gun measures.
In total, over 100 local governments in Virginia have now declared Second Amendment Sanctuary status.
Virginia Democratic U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly told the Washington Examiner that such actions from law enforcers may carry serious consequences.
"I would hope they either resign in good conscience because they cannot uphold the law which they are sworn to uphold, or they're prosecuted for failure to fulfill their oath," Connolly said.
"The law is the law," Connolly continues.
"If that becomes the law, you don't have a choice, not if you're a sworn officer of the law."
Moreover, Culpeper Count Sheriff Scott Jenkins has made clear he is ready to “deputize thousands” to fight in defense of gun rights.
Speaking about the threat of gun control from the incoming Democrat majority in the Virginia legislature, Sheriff Jenkins said:
"I remain very optimistic that our General Assembly will not pass the proposed bills.
"Obviously, if passed, there are many of us willing to challenge these laws through the courts.
"In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms."
But AG Herring wants the 100+ local governments, Sheriff Jenkins, and others, to know new gun controls will be obeyed.
The Bristol Herald Courier quoted Herring saying: “When the General Assembly passes new gun safety laws they will be enforced, and they will be followed.
"These [Second Amendment Sanctuary] resolutions have no legal force, and they’re just part of an effort by the gun lobby to stoke fear.”
Herring’s pronouncement echos statements by Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) and Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA).
Northam warned that Second Amendment Sanctuaries will face “consequences” if they refuse to enforce gun control.
McEachin suggested Northam could use the National Guard to force compliance with Democrat gun laws.