Should Staunton be a gun sanctuary? Residents respond to City Council 2A question.

Should Staunton be a gun sanctuary? Residents respond to City Council 2A question.

STAUNTON — Staunton City Council isn’t planning a discussion or vote this month on a resolution making Staunton a Second Amendment sanctuary. Mayor Andrea Oakes said the issue isn’t on the agenda for the November meeting, scheduled for Thursday night, but could always be added at the beginning of the meeting. “I do not foresee this taking place,” she said, “but I cannot guarantee it.” Staunton held a public hearing on Oct. 29 to get input on making the city a gun sanctuary. At that meeting 43 people spoke either in person or by phone, with 29 opposed to the idea, 13 in favor and one neutral. Second Amendment sanctuaries are one way local jurisdictions are declaring they won’t enforce any gun laws passed by the state that they feel are unconstitutional. In a USA Today story in December 2019 , legal experts told the newspaper that the resolutions being passed in parts of the country — Augusta County declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary — are mostly symbolic and don’t carry much legal weight. They do attempt to put political pressure on elected officials. Following the public hearing in Staunton, city officials still had emails and phone messages that they wanted to consider before deciding how to move forward. More: Should you travel this holiday season? Here are the restrictions and guidelines due to COVID Oakes sent The News Leader a breakdown of all the responses the city received on the issue. Out of 345 individuals who commented, […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.