Second Amendment Sanctuary Surge Continues In Virginia

Second Amendment Sanctuary Surge Continues In Virginia

The surge in support for Second Amendment Sanctuaries continues unabated in Virginia, where more than a half-dozen counties adopted resolutions in support of the right to keep and bear arms this week. 


On Monday, the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s Philip Van Cleave reported that King William, Powhatan, Southampton counties had approved their resolutions,, and Tuesday morning, the VCDL website confirmed 15 Second Amendment Sanctuary counties. Just 24 hours later the list had grown to 20 names. 

  • Appomattox
  • Botetourt
  • Campbell
  • Carroll
  • Charlotte
  • Dickenson
  • Dinwiddie
  • Giles
  • Henry
  • King William
  • Lee
  • Madison
  • Nottoway
  • Patrick
  • Pittsylvania
  • Powhatan
  • Southampton
  • Sussex
  • Washington
  • Wythe

As it turns out, even that list doesn’t contain all of the counties, which isn’t a criticism of the folks at VCDL, just an indication of how quickly these resolutions are spreading, and the truly grassroots and local nature of the movement. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with developments at the moment, but I can tell you that also on Tuesday, Bland County passed its resolution, which puts the number of Second Amendment Sanctuary counties at 21, by my estimate.  

With the support of hundreds of residents, the Bland County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a resolution declaring itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

The Bland County Courthouse was packed in anticipation of the vote as citizens came out in force regarding the Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution on the board’s agenda. The main courtroom was full beyond capacity with additional people filling the hallways and gathering outside the Courthouse.”


On today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co., I speak with Tonya Freeman, who lives in Wythe County, Virginia. As was the case in Bland County, hundreds of her friends, neighbors, and even family turned out on Tuesday morning for the county supervisors’ meeting, packing the meeting room and spilling out to the lawn outside. It’s a scene that’s being replicated across the state, as news reports clearly show.

From WSLS in southwest Virginia:

The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to establish the county as a Second Amendment sanctuary on Tuesday afternoon.

Hundreds attended the meeting as the room itself was packed and hundreds more were put in overflow rooms. Nearly all attendees wore Second Amendment sanctuary stickers.

A county administrator estimates that about 450 people attended the meeting.

The Southwest Times newspaper reports that an even bigger crowd was on hand in rural Pulaski County, even though the resolution wasn’t up for a vote. 

Just as the last individual addressed the board, a man stepped into the board room from the outside holding a sheet of paper. He explained that he had gathered 418 signatures in support of the Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution from the individuals standing outside of the Administration Building.

Even so, some of those who had been standing outside had not seen the petition. Based on this, it’s likely that approximately 700 people came to Monday’s meeting.


We’ll have a few days without additional counties signing on, thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, but expect another big day for the movement next Tuesday, when at least two more Virginia counties are expected to endorse the measure. 

In addition to Tonya Freeman, I’m also really pleased to have Mark Walters from Armed American Radio join me for an in-depth discussion about the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement and where it’s headed. Mark’s spent a lot of time in Virginia, and has some great insight on the state and what gun owners are in for coming up with the next legislative session beginning in January. 

One programming note: this will be the last Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co. program of the week, but we’ll be continuing to update the website over the Thanksgiving holiday break. 

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