Mercer County becomes Second Amendment Sanctuary

Mercer County becomes Second Amendment Sanctuary

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MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) — Several pieces of gun control legislation in Virginia prompted a wave of Second Amendment Sanctuary counties and cities across the Commonwealth. Tuesday evening over in West Virginia, Mercer County Commissioners heard a similar resolution presented by Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler. "Mercer County citizens deserve recognition by the county government that we have the right to keep and bare arms," Sitler explained. However, there are no similar gun control measures up for debate in the West Virginia legislature. In fact, the House of Delegates passed a bill – just last week – that would make it legal for citizens of the Mountain State to carry concealed weapons without a permit, ‘as long as they meet certain requirements.’ Though none have been formally introduced in the Legislature, Sitler claims there has been talk of potential ‘red flag laws’ or high-capacity magazine restrictions – which he says would infringe on citizens’ rights to keep and bare arms. Still, the resolution passed unanimously. "I think it was brought forth by our Prosecuting Attorney because of all the issues we’ve been seeing in Virginia," said Commissioner Greg Puckett. "I certainly think we have every right to protect the Second Amendment in every way possible. At no point should we be able to say, ‘We’re coming in to take your guns.’ I don’t think that’s what this is; in my opinion, this is simply a resolution to affirm what our rights already are." A bill introduced last month looks to make […]

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