Resolution Powhatan Board of Supervisors
POWHATAN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed," and,
WHEREAS, Article 1, Section 13, of the Constitution of Virginia provides "that a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power;" and,
WHEREAS, certain legislation introduced in the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly, and certain legislation introduced in the current session of the United States Congress could have the effect of infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution; and,
WHEREAS, the current Governor of Virginia has stated that he intends to endorse and pass into law legislation that is unconstitutional as it pertains to the rights enumerated in the US & Virginia Constitution.
WHEREAS, the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors is concerned about the passage of any bill containing language which could be interpreted as infringing the rights of the citizens of Powhatan County to keep and bear Arms or could begin a slippery slope of restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Powhatan County, and,
WHEREAS, the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors wishes to express its deep commitment to the rights of all citizens of Powhatan County to keep and bear Arms; and,
WHEREAS, the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors wishes to express opposition to any law that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights under the Second Amendment of the citizens of Powhatan County to bear arms; and,
WHEREAS, the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors wish to express its intent to stand as a Sanctuary County for Second Amendment rights and to oppose, within the limits of the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia, any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights, and to use such legal means at its disposal to protect the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms, including through legal action, the power of
appropriation of public funds, and the right to petition for redress of grievances, and the direction to the law enforcement and judiciary of Powhatan County to not enforce any unconstitutional law.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF POWHATAN, VIRGINIA:
That the Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its intent to uphold the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Powhatan County, Virginia and its intent that public funds of the County not be used to restrict Second Amendment rights or to aid in the unnecessary and unconstitutional restriction of the rights under the Second Amendment of the citizens of Powhatan County, Virginia to bear arms; and
That the Board of Supervisors hereby declares its intent to oppose unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms through such legal means as may be expedient, including without limitation court action; and,
That the Board of Supervisors hereby declares Powhatan County, Virginia, as a "Second Amendment Sanctuary,"
CERTIFICATION OF ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION
The undersigned Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Powhatan County, Virginia hereby certifies that the Resolution set forth above was adopted during an open meeting on November 7, 2019, by the Board of Supervisors with the following votes:
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