A service of Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

VA Gun Rights Activists Rally, Culpeper County Declares Gun Sanctuary

creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than 200 gun rights activists have rallied in Virginia and vowed to fight any attempt by the new Democratic majority in the state legislature to pass new restrictions on gun ownership.

The "God. Family. Guns" rally was held just a month before the General Assembly is set to begin a session that is almost certain to include a variety of gun control proposals.

Those include requiring universal background checks for gun buyers and prohibiting the sale of assault weapons.

Those who attended the rally said such measures would do little to reduce mass shootings and other crimes, but instead would punish responsible gun owners.

VA County Declares Gun Sanctuary

Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins
Credit official photo
official photo
Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - A Virginia sheriff has vowed to deputize county residents if the new Democratic majority in the state legislature passes gun control measures.

Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins made the vow at a meeting where the Culpeper Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to declare the county a Second Amendment sanctuary.

That aligns Culpeper with Alleghany, Roanoke and Halifax counties, which have voted to defend gun rights against the controls expected to come from Gov. Ralph Northam and other Democratic leaders.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.