By: David Tripp
2 Dec 2019
On the motion of Mr. Adams, seconded by Mr. Wade, which carried by a vote of 6-0-1, with Mr. Barnes abstaining, the Board approved the resolution.
Verification Citation/Source: Louisa County Board of Supervisors
Resolution date passed: 2 Dec 2019
Vote Count: 6-0-1
Mr. R.T. Williams, Jr. Yes
Mr. Duane A. Adams Yes
Mr. Willie L. Gentry, Jr. Yes
Mr. Troy J. Wade Yes
Mr. Fitzgerald A. Barnes Abstain
Mr. Tommy J. Barlow Yes
Mr. Bob F. Babyok, Jr. Yes
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed;” and
WHEREAS, Article I, section 13, of the Constitution of Virginia provides, “That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power;” and
WHEREAS, Article I, section 1, of the Constitution of Virginia reads, “That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into the state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety;” and
WHEREAS, Article I, section 2 of the Constitution of Virginia reads, “That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people, that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them;” and
WHEREAS, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors wishes to express its intent to stand as a Sanctuary County for Second Amendment rights and to oppose, within the limits of the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia, any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights to law abiding citizens of sound mind and to use legal means at its disposal to protect the right of those citizens to keep and bear arms, including through legal action, the power of appropriation of public funds, and the right to petition for redress of grievances.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, on this 2nd day of December 2019, by the Board of Supervisors of Louisa County Virginia:
That the Louisa County Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its intent to uphold the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Louisa County, Virginia and its intent that public funds of the County not be used to restrict Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Louisa County to bear arms; and,
That the Louisa County Board of Supervisors hereby declares its intent to oppose any restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms when such legal means may be expedient, including without limitation court action; and
That the Louisa County Board of Supervisors hereby declares Louisa County, Virginia a Second Amendment Sanctuary as set forth herein.