CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — A group of gun rights supporters protested Wednesday outside the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors meeting.
The issue wasn’t listed on the agenda for the Board of Supervisors meeting, but it was discussed.
The protesters were calling for the Board of Supervisors to introduce and adopt a resolution declaring Chesterfield a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” a move that the board has declined to do.
Hundreds came out in support of the issue, while others didn’t want to see it happen.
Several localities in Virginia have adopted similar resolutions in the wake of November’s legislative elections, when Virginia Democrats seized control of the state legislature after campaigning for months on gun policy, considered a top issue for voters.
“Sanctuary” resolutions call on county officials to refuse to comply with any new legislation that would restrict gun ownership.
More than 1,000 people have joined the Chesterfield County 2A Preservation Society, a group created on Facebook “for residents of Chesterfield County to discuss making our county a Second Amendment Sanctuary.”
Members of the group organized Wednesday’s protest outside the Board of Supervisors’ meeting. Corey Hodges, the organizer of the protest, shared the motivation behind the protest.
“I’m a gun owner and my main reason for owning guns is to protect myself and my family and I don’t want to have to become a felon to do that,” Hodges said.
Chesterfield resident Don Via Jr. told 8News “even though the resolution itself, Governor Northam has stated, is not legally binding, and this is true, but legalities aside, it’s a proclamation, that these counties will not stand to tolerate anything that infringes upon the right of people of any race, religion, political anything, whatever to defend themselves.”
Inside, the meeting was at full capacity, with nearly 300 people in the room offering a slew of opinions.
“If the county adopts the 2A resolution some gun extremists are pushing for, we could jeopardize our county’s economic success,” one person said.
Some Chesterfield residents want to see more restrictions on access to guns, however.
“Recently a gun was accidentally discharged in a Midlothian Walmart bathroom and another gun was fired in a Target parking lot, we live in a culture of constant fear thanks to the growing numbers of guns in the hands of untrained and potentially unstable people,” someone at the meeting said.
The County Board of Supervisors has mixed opinions on the issue. As of right now, there is no word on when this topic will be discussed again.