Second Amendment Sanctuary City Inquiries

Statement from City of Staunton Regarding Second Amendment Sanctuary City Inquiries
December 6, 2019

We recognize that some citizens have concerns about potential gun control legislation that is expected to be proposed in the Virginia General Assembly and may request that the City of Staunton designate itself a “Second Amendment sanctuary city.”

While some localities in Virginia are adopting resolutions to become a “Second Amendment sanctuary city or county,” at the present time, Staunton City Council is not scheduled to consider such action. We remain open to listening and conversation.

We assure Staunton citizens that the City is wholly committed to upholding the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions and all the protections and freedoms they guarantee, including the right of citizens to bear arms. We respect that the United States Supreme Court has the final say on this issue. City Council members took an oath to uphold the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions when they were elected to City Council and have no intention of violating that oath.

City Council may evaluate gun control legislation as it is proposed in the General Assembly and address any concerns to its state representatives as they arise during the upcoming legislative session.

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