The Augusta County Board of Supervisors is planning to hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 to hear from citizens, according to a press release. The meeting will be held at the Stuarts Draft High School auditorium to accommodate the large number of people interested.
In the wake of proposed gun control bills by a Democrat-controlled General Assembly, rural Virginia counties are trying to take action by passing resolutions affirming the right to bear arms. Augusta County will hear public comments about the idea at a special meeting the first week of December. So far, 11 counties in the state have named themselves "Second Amendment sanctuary counties," and many more are considering the idea. Augusta County residents have urged one another to contact the county supervisors about passing such a resolution.
As of Saturday evening, nearly 400 people said indicated they were interested in attending Tuesday's meeting, and over 1,000 RSVP'd "going," according to a Facebook event set up to encourage attendance.
Newly re-elected Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith has said that he supports the county passing a resolution reaffirming the right to bear arms. "I absolutely OPPOSE any legislation that orders local, state, or federal law enforcement officials to confiscate firearms," he said in the post. He went on to say that he planned to educate the supervisors about the proposed gun control bills "so they can make an informed decision regarding the resolution." Smith said Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Martin also supports affirming the firearms rights of all Augusta County citizens.