Officials in a growing number of Virginia counties have declared their localities "Second Amendment sanctuaries" or are considering resolutions to that effect.

The declarations express the counties' intent to honor and defend gun rights. In the Lynchburg region, Appomattox and Campbell counties have passed such resolutions, while Amherst and Bedford are considering adopting similar measures.

The "Second Amendment sanctuary" movement in Virginia comes on the heels of the Nov. 5 election, after which Democrats gained majority control of both the state Senate and House of Delegates and Gov. Ralph Northam said Democratic leaders will push for gun-control measures.

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DALEVILLE — Botetourt County joined more than a dozen Virginia counties that have declared themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries” in response to promises by soon to be empowered General Assembly Democrats to enact new gun laws next year.

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