TAZEWELL COUNTY (WVVA) -- Only standing room was available at Tazewell County's Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, ahead of its vote on a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution.
More than 30 counties across Virginia have adopted similar resolutions -- including Bland, Giles, and Buchanan. Tazewell County took that a step further, adopting two; a Sanctuary resolution, and a 'militia' resolution -- which "promotes the order of militia within Tazewell County, pursuant to the Second Amendment."
The Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution says in part,
"...the inalienable right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental individual right that shall not be infringed, and any future enactment of laws buy the Virginia General Assembly or any other governmental body that infringes upon such right are violations of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia."
The 'militia' resolution states,
"..be it resolved by the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors that the Board expresses its intent to vigorously uphold the Second Amendment rights of the law-abiding citizens of Tazewell County, Virginia."
Both resolutions passed unanimously. The Board also asked community members for a show of hands in support -- only one came forward in opposition.
The trend comes after the 2019 General Election in Virginia, where the Democratic Party took control of the House and the Senate. Several pieces of legislation set to be proposed in 2020 have concerned officials across rural Virginia.
"Virginia as we know it, as most of us were raised in, is not the Virginia we see today," said Chairman of the Board Travis Hackworth.
"It is sad that our politics have moved so far away from our values and our constitution that it requires to do us what we are having to do," said Western District Representative Tom Lester.
Bluefield, Virginia, a town in Tazewell County, is set to vote on their own resolution December 10th.