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Virginia Beach — Virginia Beach plans to make the city a sanctuary for gun owners, in anticipation of gun control legislation it expects to see passed into state law, since the legislature is now controlled by Democrats, and the sitting governor, Ralph Northam, is also a Democrat.
The Virginia Beach City Council, by a 6 to 4 vote, adopted a resolution Monday declaring itself a "Second Amendment Constitutional City." It stated "its continued commitment to support all provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the right of the people to keep and bear arms."
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Under the resolution, the city government will not use its resources to prosecute anti-gun laws, even though any state laws limiting gun use would supersede the local government's authority.
It also urged Northam and the Virginia General Assembly, which is in session this week, not to take any action that would violate freedoms guaranteed by the state or federal Bill of Rights.
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Northam, in a Facebook video posted Tuesday, responded, "Our eight pieces of gun legislation don't threaten the Second Amendment....They are all constitutional." He added, "We have no intention of calling out the National Guard. We're not going to cut off people's electricity. We're not going to go door to door and confiscate people's weapons. We're going to pass common sense legislation that will keep guns out of dangerous hands and keep Virginia safer."
During Monday's special session, which was open to the public, council members heard from citizens and leaders on both sides of the issue. The majority of people who addressed the council supported passing the proposed resolution.
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Many of those who favored the measure cited self-defense and the Constitution as the main reasons to approve the measure.
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