Sanctuary Discussion Moved To RCHS

Board Gathering Information Before Possible Action

A possible resolution signifying support for the Second Amendment may be considered by the Rock-bridge County Board of Supervisors this Monday, Dec. 9, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Rockbridge County High School auditorium.

The supervisors will convene their regularly scheduled meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the county administration building, then, due to an anticipated large crowd, move to the high school for discussion of citizens’ concerns regarding the Second Amendment.

Those concerns were expressed during the citizens’ comments portion of the Nov. 25 meeting, which was moved to the Maury River Middle School gymnasium to accommodate the large crowd. Hundreds showed up and a majority of the 27 individuals who addressed the supervisors favored adoption of a resolution declaring Rockbridge County to be a “sanctuary” for Second Amendment rights.

At the conclusion of that meeting, supervisors Chairman Jay Lewis read the following statement: “If it is the pleasure of the Board, I’d like to instruct staff to share with the Board as many resolutions adopted by other localities as possible, and to consult with the sheriff and/or sheriff elect and the commonwealth’s attorney so that the Board may determine a course of action moving ahead; and to officially place this on the Board’s agenda for Dec. 9.” Lewis added that staff might also want to look at what gun bills have been pre-filed with the General Assembly. The consensus of the Board was to have staff do this research and report back to the supervisors so they would have the information they need for this Monday’s discussion.

Editor’s note: A point of clarification needs to be made regarding a possible draft of a resolution that may be considered Monday. County Administrator Spencer Suter is compiling information for the supervisors’ consideration; he is not preparing a draft of a resolution, as was erroneously reported last week.

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