GATE CITY — A standing-room-only crowd was on hand for Wednesday’s meeting of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, during which the board unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Second Amendment.
Every seat in the meeting room was filled, with several people standing in the aisleway and more spilling out into the hallway. Most were quiet supporters of the resolution, although a few people did speak during the public comment period.
While the measure is not called a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution, as has been passed in some neighboring localities, it does state that the BOS “expresses its commitment by any and all legal means to Respect, Preserve, and Enforce the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and Article 1, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia to the fullest extent permitted by law.”
What else does the resolution say?
The resolution, just over one page long, urges the state and federal government “to vigilantly preserve and protect those rights by rejecting any provision, law, or regulation that may infringe, have the tendency to infringe, or place any additional burdens on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.”
Other resolutions that the board considered stated that the board would withhold funds from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the commonwealth’s attorney if those offices chose to enforce any laws that the BOS believed infringed on Second Amendment rights.
That portion was not included in the resolution that the board passed, with Supervisor David Redwine explaining that he didn’t want the BOS to be liable in those situations.
“I fully support the Second Amendment and I fully support gun rights, and I have no problem with any of this. But I kind of have a problem with the Board of Supervisors overstepping their bounds and telling the sheriff’s department what to enforce and what not to enforce,” Redwine said. “I really feel like that’s the sheriff’s job to decide what his men do.”
The board also directed county staff to forward a copy of the resolution to the county’s elected representatives in the Virginia General Assembly and the U.S. Congress, along with the governor of Virginia.
What did the public say?
Four citizens spoke in support of the resolution during the public comment portion of the meeting. Jeff Arrington said that while the resolution is just a political statement, it still has significance.
“The Declaration of Independence was signed July 4, 1776,” Arrington said. “That was also a largely political statement, made with a declaration of intent about those that were trying to infringe upon our rights and our freedoms as individuals.”
Eddie Taylor, pastor at Greenwood Chapel Independent Baptist Church, added, “I believe we live in the Bible Belt, and I’m afraid that the belt’s coming unbuckled. I believe today, folks, that we can take a stand to not only this state but this country just how we really believe and what we believe in.”
What did the BOS say?
The board approved the resolution 6-0, with Supervisor Chad Hood absent. All supervisors noted that they were gun owners themselves and fully supported the measure.
“We don’t have Democrat values or Republican values,” said Supervisor Danny Mann. “We have Scott County values, and so that’s the way I look at it. … I’ve had many comments, calls, (and) not one person is not for this.”
To read the resolution in its entirety, view the online version of this article at TimesNews.net.