In recent months, numerous counties in Virginia have become incensed over the proposition of a half-dozen strong gun-control measures.
In retaliation, nearly 100 counties in the state passed legislation deeming their jurisdiction a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” free from gun-control measures taken up in the state legislature.
However, things got even more interesting as a West Virginia resolution was introduced on Tuesday that invited these very counties to effectively secede from Virginia and become a part of the Mountain State.
“Providing for an election to be had, pending approval of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a majority of qualified citizens voting upon the proposition prior to August 1, 2020, for the admission of certain counties and independent cities of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the State of West Virginia as constituent counties, under the provisions of Article VI, Section 11 of the Constitution of West Virginia,” read the resolution, submitted by 26 delegates.
Later in the resolution, it mentioned that if certain counties or cities decided to part from Virginia over the gun control matter, West Virginia residents would vote whether or not to adopt that county in the next election.
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That the question of admission, or, the rejection of such admission, of any county or independent city of the Commonwealth of Virginia desiring admission to the State of West Virginia, and a majority of whose qualified voters, voting on the question, have approved such measure, prior to August 1, 2020, shall be submitted to the voters of the State of West Virginia at the next general election to be held in the year 2020.
Such proposal shall be placed upon the general election ballot in the following form: “Shall the following county (or independent city) _____________ (name), currently a constituent part of the Commonwealth of Virginia, be admitted to the State of West Virginia as a constituent county of the State of West Virginia.
The resolution spoke out harshly against the latest gun-control measures, saying Virginia has deviated from the founders. They cited Patrick Henry’s comments at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, in which he said, “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
Virginia continues to move forward with its gun-control legislation, with greater background check requirements, the addition of red flag laws, and mandating that citizens can only purchase one gun per month.
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