Virginia Attorney General: 2nd Amendment Sanctuary resolutions "have no legal effect"

Dec 20, 2019

Virginia's Attorney General issued an advisory opinion Friday, saying 2nd Amendment Sanctuary resolutions passed by dozens of local governments "have no legal effect."

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring

In the opinion Mark Herring wrote that "local governments and local constitutional officers cannot nullify state laws and must comply with gun violence prevention measures that the General Assembly may enact." 

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Norfolk Delegate Jerrauld Jones requested the opinion from Herring, as dozens of cities, towns and counties across the state adopted such resolutions. 

Democrats, who now control the General Assembly, promised to pass gun control measures - like requiring background checks for gun purchases, and a ban on assault-style rifles.   Some residents believe that such legislation goes beyond Constitutional bounds.  They asked their local governments to adopt resolutions that they hope will send a message to lawmakers.

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.