Some gun owners in Rappahannock and indeed across the commonwealth will be happy to hear that the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors (BOS) unanimously passed the “No Local Gun Control” resolution at Monday night’s regular meeting.

The resolution, drafted by the Virginia Citizens Defense League and added to the agenda last minute by Chair Christine Smith of the Piedmont District, is a symbolic response to new state legislation which grants localities the authority to enact their own firearm restrictions. 

“I think it’s important that we take a stand,” Smith said, adding that she believes it important for the supervisors to express publicly that they do not intend to enact any further gun control measures.

After a robust public comment period during which all seven of the residents who spoke before the board voiced support for the resolution, the BOS discussed two amendments to the draft text. 

“We do need to separate gun rights from tourism,” said Stonewall-Hawthorne representative Chris Parrish. The supervisors agreed to change the language of the third paragraph to reflect Parrish’s concerns.

And at the behest of Hampton Supervisor Keir Whitson, the passed resolution clarifies in the first paragraph that the action comes as a direct response to Section 15.2-915(E) of Virginia Code.

Many of the residents in attendance applauded the resolution’s passage.

A full story detailing the passage of this resolution, and more information about the Board of Supervisors’  meeting, will appear in this week’s e-edition of the Rapp News and in print edition of the Rappahannock News.

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