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.

Get caught up on the issue with this round-up of regional coverage:

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Following a trend rippling across Virginia counties, Appomattox County has declared itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” uniting behind its intention to “oppose unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.”

Politics
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Following a trend rippling across Virginia — with almost 50 counties declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in recent weeks — the Altavista Town Council unanimously approved a letter of support for Campbell County’s Second Amendment sanctuary resolution.

Legislation
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BEDFORD — The Bedford County Board of Supervisors declared Bedford County a Second Amendment sanctuary on Monday during a meeting attended by more than 1,000 residents who came to voice concerns their gun rights will be infringed by Gov. Ralph Northam and Democratic legislators in January.

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AMHERST — Amherst County is one of the latest localities in Virginia to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary, joining about two dozen others to adopt the measure following outcries from gun-rights advocates.

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