Advertisement
  1. News
  2. /
  3. Nation & World

Virginia sheriff says he won’t enforce state’s proposed gun laws if they pass

In a viral video on Twitter, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan calls proposed legislation ‘unconstitutional.’
Deputies and the sheriff of Grayson County, Va., shared photos on their official Facebook from Monday's second-amendment rally in Richmond, Va. [Grayson County Sheriff's Office]
Deputies and the sheriff of Grayson County, Va., shared photos on their official Facebook from Monday's second-amendment rally in Richmond, Va. [Grayson County Sheriff's Office]
Published Jan. 21

Among the 22,000 Second Amendment advocates who marched on Virginia’s capitol Monday was a sheriff and his deputies from one of the state’s more rural counties.

In a video that’s circulated online, the sheriff of Grayson County, Va., said his department would not enforce gun-control legislation that recently passed the state’s Senate if it makes it into law.

“If the bills go through as proposed, they will not be enforced — they’re unconstitutional,” Sheriff Richard Vaughan said. “We swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Vaughan was one of thousands of gun enthusiasts who took to Richmond’s streets on Monday, many armed with rifles as they protested.

The bills that sparked the rally would, if passed, place further limitations on military-style firearms, limit the frequency of handgun purchases to once a month and allow law enforcement to confiscate weapons from citizens they deem a potential threat.

The bills have passed the state’s Senate but not its House.

Grayson County, like hundreds of localities throughout Virginia, declared itself a “second-amendment sanctuary.” Many experts say, however, that sanctuary resolutions are largely symbolic and not legally binding.

Vaughan doubled down on his comments during an interview with Fox News on Monday night.

“We took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia," he said, “and that’s what we’re gonna do."

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

  1. Two firms have acquired majority ownership of Univision Communications Inc., the largest provider of Spanish-language television in the U.S. [Miami Herald]
  2. Tourists take pictures of the Olympics rings Monday, in the Odaiba section of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) [JAE C. HONG  |  AP]
  3. In this June 17, 2019, file photo, a cashier displays a packet of tobacco-flavored Juul pods at a store in San Francisco. Investigators from 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday. Juul released a statement saying it has halted television, print and digital advertising and eliminated most flavors in response to concerns by government officials and others.  (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado, File) [SAMANTHA MALDONADO  |  AP]
  4. In this Feb. 19 photo, from left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. [JOHN LOCHER  |  AP]
  5. In this Feb. 23, 2020 photo, Abdullah Mohammed plays with his daughter, three-year-old Salwa, inside a house he recently fled to, near the Syrian-Turkish border, in Sarmada, Syria. Mohammed would do anything for his daughter, even if that means forcing himself to laugh with her at the sound of exploding bombs, to help her overcome her fear. Mohammed and Salwa became an overnight celebrity after a video they shot spread on social media, widely shared as a reminder of the horrors faced by children in Syria. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed) [GHAITH.ALSAYED  |  AP]
  6. In this Feb. 19, 2020 file photo Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally before his dad and President Donald Trump appears in Phoenix. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Monday, confirmed that Trump Jr. applied for and received a permit to hunt for a grizzly bear in 2020 in game management units north and east of Nome.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri,File) [RICK SCUTERI  |  AP]
  7. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during First in the South Dinner, Monday, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) [MATT ROURKE  |  AP]
  8. Vanessa Bryant speaks during a celebration of life for her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Monday, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) [MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ  |  AP]
  9. This undated file photo provided by Group 3 Aviation shows helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan standing outside a helicopter, at a location not provided. Zobayan violated federal flight rules in 2015 when he flew into busy airspace near Los Angeles International Airport despite being ordered not to by air traffic control, according to records from the Federal Aviation Administration obtained by the Los Angeles Times. (Group 3 Aviation via AP, File) [AP]
  10. FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, agents for Customs and Border Protection board a Greyhound bus headed for Portland, Ore., at the Spokane Intermodal Center, a terminal for buses and Amtrak, in Spokane, Wash. Greyhound, the nation's largest bus company, says it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks. The company announced the change Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, one week after The Associated Press reported on a leaked Border Patrol memo confirming that agents can't board private buses without the consent of the bus company. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios,File) [NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS  |  AP]
  11. Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, center, arrives for an initial court appearance Monday, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, on a new set of charges alleging that he lied to police about being targeted in a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago early last year.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) [CHARLES REX ARBOGAST  |  AP]
  12. Police and rescue workers stand next to the scene of the accident with a car that is said to have crashed into a carnival parade in Volkmarsen, central Germany, Monday 2020. Several people have been injured, according to the police. The driver had been arrested by the police. (Uwe Zucchi/dpa via AP) [UWE ZUCCHI  |  AP]
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement