AG Mark Herring brushed off the idea that counties and cities adopting 2A protections mean anything. Here’s what he said:
"When the General Assembly passes new guns safety laws they will be enforced, and they will be followed. These resolutions have no legal force, and they're just part of an effort by the gun lobby to stoke fear."
But they DO have “legal force”, as it is there right under Article 1 section 3 of the Virginia Constitution:
1. ”That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community”:
Are people in these communities not asking their elected representatives for protections and a common benefit for the areas in which they reside (all residents of the area will be safe from prosecution and overreach due to unjust laws against them and their property)?
2. “that is best which is capable of producing the greatest degree of happiness and safety, and is most effectually secured against the danger of maladministration”:
Are the representatives producing happiness and safety with these resolutions in order to protect against Northam’s “maladministration”? Maladministration is the actions of a government body which can be seen as causing an injustice.
3. ”and, whenever any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, inalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal.”
Local officials are siding with/acting on behalf of their constituents over Richmond and Northam’s regime because the MAJORITY OF THE COMMUNITY in which these resolutions are enacted in believe that the state government is out of control and working against the people, therefor these resolutions are “conducive to the public weal”.
Everything being done by counties and cities to protect residents against 2nd amendment infringements is 100% constitutional under Virginia law. It is the residents of communities asking/pleading with their representative governments to do what they want, therefor stands Article 1 section 3. Most of all, the resolutions that make it clear that they won’t allow their citizens to be subject to unjust laws have the TEETH needed to be effective. Northam and his Bloomberg pals can F off, the Virginia constitution is not on their side.