Virginia city snubs cry to declare it a gun rights sanctuary

Officials of a Virginia city have rebuffed pleas by gun advocates asking it to declare the city a so-called ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’

ROANOKE, Va. -- Officials of a Virginia city have rebuffed pleas by gun advocates asking it to declare the city a so-called “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea on Monday announced at a packed city council meeting that he sees no benefit in validating what the U.S. Constitution already guarantees. The declaration to a room mostly filled with people wearing stickers claiming “guns save lives” was met with shouted comments, most audible was “We will not comply.”

A crowd packed the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday evening as two Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions were unanimously passed. The resolutions vow to support the rights of residents to bear arms and state the people’s right to a “well regulated militia,” according to Bluefield Daily Telegraph.