Staunton City Council to revisit Second Amendment at Oct. 29 public hearing

Staunton City Council to revisit Second Amendment at Oct. 29 public hearing

Join AFP’s 100,000+ followers on Facebook Purchase a subscription to AFP | Subscribe to AFP podcasts on iTunes News, press releases, letters to the editor: augustafreepress2@gmail.com Advertising inquiries: freepress@ntelos.net (© Richard – stock.adobe.com) Staunton City Council has set a public hearing “concerning the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution” for Thursday, Oct. 29. The meeting was called by Mayor Andrea Oakes, the leader of the conservative faction that surprisingly swept the City Council elections in May, taking a 4-3 majority on the governing body. The sweep came on the heels of a tumultuous winter and early spring in a wide swath of rural and suburban Virginia after Democrats had taken control of the Virginia General Assembly in the 2019 state elections. Democrats promised, and then followed through with the promise, to enact meaningful gun safety legislation. Republicans in the hinterlands seized upon the issue, launching what would become known as the Second Amendment sanctuary movement, pressuring governing bodies in GOP-leaning rural and suburban areas to pass resolutions declaring their localities to be Second Amendment sanctuaries. The progressive majority on Staunton City Council resisted the push, and ultimately paid the price at the polls. The timing of the Oct. 29 public hearing in Staunton cannot be coincidental, with Election Day five days later. Staunton has voted Democratic in each of the past three presidential election cycles, dating back to 2008. Details This meeting, although to be conducted in-person, will also be conducted by Zoom, with virtual participation of certain […]

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