Democrat Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is warning the 86 of Virginia’s 95 counties who declared themselves 2nd amendment sanctuaries that new gun laws “will be enforced, and they will be followed.”
Herring also issued an opinion that their declared 2nd amendment sanctuary status has no actual legal effect.
Bristol Herald reports after dozens of Virginia localities declared themselves as Second Amendment “sanctuaries” in recent weeks, Attorney General Mark Herring has issued an advisory opinion saying these resolutions “have no legal effect.”
Citing requirements in the Virginia Constitution and state code for local governments to follow state law, Herring wrote in his four-page opinion that “these resolutions neither have the force of law nor authorize localities or local constitutional officials to refuse to follow or decline to enforce gun violence prevention measures enacted by the General Assembly.”
The opinion comes as counties, towns and cities throughout the state passed resolutions opposed to gun control laws after November’s legislative elections saw historic wins for Democrats, who will take control of both houses of the Virginia General Assembly in January. Although leaders passing these resolutions have claimed the declarations are mostly symbolic, some resolutions declared an intent that public funds would not be used to restrict Second Amendment rights.
In February, Herring was embroiled in a scandal after admitting to having worn “blackface” in his past.
Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam also was embroiled in a “blackface” scandal but refused to resign despite significant political pressure to do so.