First  County to Form Militia in Response to New Virginia Gun Laws

(Not Just Virginia, 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries Spreading Across U.S.)
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TAZEWELL, Va. — Tazewell County joined the ranks of “Second Amendment Sanctuary” counties on Tuesday — and took it one step further.

Before a crowd of more than 200, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed two resolutions during their meeting on Tuesday night. The Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution and a resolution promoting the order of militia within Tazewell County both passed to loud cheers from a crowd that overflowed the 189-seat board room.

Board Chairman Travis Hackworth announced at the beginning of the meeting that both resolutions would be unanimously passed. The militia resolution was approved on a poll earlier this month, but county residents via Facebook and other means kept asking for the sanctuary resolution as well.

Hackworth said board members started getting messages from state legislators following the Nov. 5 election, which saw Democrats take control of both the House of Delegates and the state Senate for the first time in 25 years.

He said elected officials expressed concern that legislation might pass that would chip away at Second Amendment rights. Southern District Supervisor Mike Hymes contacted Interim County Attorney Chase Collins and had him get a copy of the sanctuary county legislation passed in Carroll County, one of the first counties in the state to pass a resolution protecting gun rights, and similar resolutions from other localities.

“We went through them with three attorneys. It was not our intent to water anything down. We wanted something with teeth in it. Something we could use to file injunctions and defend in court,” Hackworth said.

County Administrator Eric Young, one of the attorneys, along with Collins and Eric Whitesell, who helped draft the ordinances, said the resolutions allow the county to take action in the event that state or federal laws are passed violating the Second Amendment.

Board member Charlie Stacy, also an attorney, praised the citizens for their knowledge of upcoming bills in the state Legislature. “This board is blessed with three lawyers, and they designed a strategy to win in a court of law,” Stacy said.

He said the ordinances approved by the board allow the county to challenge any resolution in state or federal court. “The resolution is truly designed to allow us to hire lawyers to see that laws infringing on the Second Amendment never last any longer than it takes a court to remove them,” he said.

Both resolutions call for the elimination of funding to any enforcement of laws that infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Stacy and other board members said a concern that state leaders might cut off funding to the county or remove elected officials who refuse to enforce state law prompted them to pass the militia ordinance.

“Our position is that Article I, Section 13, of the Constitution of Virginia reserves the right to ‘order’ militia to the localities,” Young said. “Therefore, counties, not the state, determine what types of arms may be carried in their territory and by whom. So, we are ‘ordering’ the militia by making sure everyone can own a weapon.”

The sanctuary resolution cites the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Hymes said he knew what his constituents wanted and asked for the amendment last month.

“We live in an area where the nearest deputy might be 45 minutes away. People feel the need to have a gun to protect themselves and their property,” he said. In addition to allowing the county to order a militia, the ordinance calls for concealed weapons training for all residents of the county who are eligible to own a gun and the teaching of firearms safety in public schools.

Sheriff Brian Hieatt and newly elected Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Plaster both expressed their support for the resolutions and belief that the Constitution of the United States supersedes state laws.

Virginia County Passes Militia Resolution to Prepare for Potential Gun Control Wave

As a result of a number of proposed anti-gun bills in Virginia, many of its cities and counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. However, one county went above and beyond by passing a Militia Resolution.
This resolution codifies the establishment and maintenance of a de facto militia in Tazewell county.
Firearms News reached out to the Tazewell councilman Thomas Lester, who is also a professor of American History and Political Science.
Lester argued, “Declaring our county a Second Amendment Sanctuary is a great first step, however, Virginia is unique because of its constitution. Under Article 1 section 13 of the VA Constitution, VA must maintain a well-regulated militia composed of its people to validate its authority.”
He noted that “This is the political subdivision of legislature from which VA politicians derive authority – an authority expressly stated in the VA constitution.”
Lester added the following points about Virginia’s constitution:
This is because the purpose of the militia is not just to protect the county from domestic danger, but also protect the county from any sort of tyrannical actions from the Federal government. Our constitution is designed to allow them to use an armed militia as needed. If the (Federal) government takes those arms away, it prevents the county from fulfilling their constitutional duties. But, this is not limited to just our county, but also as part of a network of sister counties showing solidarity for both Virginia’s, and the American Constitution.
When asked about how the county would prepare residents to be militiamen, Lester explained:
As for the people, our Militia Resolution will be funding firearms safety and training for our county’s citizens, the ROTC and the public school systems – as well as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. These preparations are done to prepare our citizens to be able to become de facto militiamen if need be.
Virginia has middle-of-the-road gun laws compared to other states. However, Democrat’s recent successes at the state level may put the state’s gun policies in jeopardy.
More counties and municipal units will likely follow suit by passing their own resolutions due to the fact that Democrats have full control of the state legislature.

 

 

This subsection makes it the responsibility of counties to maintain a militia, not a National Guard or other standing army.

This is because the purpose of the militia is not just to protect the county from domestic danger, but also protect the county from any sort of tyrannical actions from the Federal government. Our constitution is designed to allow them to use an armed militia as needed. If the (Federal) government takes those arms away, it prevents the county from fulfilling their constitutional duties. But, this is not limited to just our county, but also as part of a network of sister counties showing solidarity for both Virginia’s, and the American Constitution.

As for the people, our Militia Resolution will be funding firearms safety and training for our county’s citizens, the ROTC and the public school systems – as well as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. These preparations are done to prepare our citizens to be able to become de facto militiamen if need be.

 


Constitution of Virginia

Article I. Bill of Rights
Section 13. Militia; standing armies; military subordinate to civil power

“That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”

 

This is incredible news coming from Virginia, and is likely a move that anti-gun lawmakers and politicians did not expect. While the coming days will likely be difficult for defenders of the Second Amendment in Virginia, it’s reassuring to know there are still staunch supporters willing to stand up the tyrannical actions of anti-gunners in the government. Multiple attorneys are on board, as well as a professor of U.S. government and history.

Look for an expanded article, by Mark Chesnut, on the situation in Virginia regarding over 40 gun-sanctuary counties, as well part two of the story Ignoring Core Purpose Makes 2nd Amendment More Vulnerable to Infringements: The Militia Aspect written by David Codrea.

 

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47 Comments

  1. so the rat bastard Gov and his assistant Gov – ever got removed from office even though the Black Faced Gov is a pure Racist and his Lieutenant raped his office help and now magically the state turned totally Democratic. I smell the stink of that Country Busting Rat Bastard George Soros – who by the sends his minions all over the USA to change elections , out spend all opposing candidates and do any thing to put his Ant-American Stooge in Power – ( Obama was his star pick ) and he always has his back up plan – One of his companies make the electronic voting machines that are so easy to pre-program any election

    I applaud the Patriots who are standing up for their Constitutional Rights and what a joke it is to hear the Traitors ( Democrat Stooges ) who are suddenly spouting off about our Founding Fathers and invoking the Constitution during these total BS Impeachment Horseshit.

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  2. Virginia has a robust State Militia and I believe always has; except perhaps during reconstruction. There Commander is: BG J Carlotta. They can be contacted at: VA State Defense Force, 5001 Waller Rd, Richmond, VA 23230. Almost half of the States do, as well as in US Territory(ies). These are legitimate military organizations that offer great training opportunities to Citizens who are called to serve. For more information on any of these forces go online to the State Guard Assoc of the United States at: http://www.sgaus.org

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  3. It will take someone with a gun to take the gun from someone.
    If the snowflake liberal democrats wont be able to take our guns except through illegal laws. If the police refuse to take them, then who will the snowflakes use to take them without getting shot in return?

    The majority of law enforcement as well as the military will walk off the job, go awol or flat refuse the orders. So I truly wonder who the Liberal snowflakes think will enforce their new laws?

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    1. The Dems will use either:
      1) All those immigrants (legal and illegal). How many of those recent refugees (most of who are men) will pick up a gun if offered enough money?
      2) UN troops
      3) Chinese mercenaries.

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  4. Frank Butler, if you are a Va resident citizen between 16 and 55 you already are in the militia. From the Va code:
    Ҥ 44-1. Composition of militia.
    The militia of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall consist of all able-bodied residents of the Commonwealth who are citizens of the United States and all other able-bodied persons resident in the Commonwealth who have declared their intention to become citizens of the United States, who are at least 16 years of age and, except as hereinafter provided, not more than 55 years of age. The militia shall be divided into three classes: the National Guard, which includes the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard; the Virginia Defense Force; and the unorganized militia.”

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    1. I am a retired US MARINE. I do not fall into the age limit you state for a militiaman but I still love this country. I live in Wythe Co. But I can be mobil in just minutes. I can still fight and stant for what is right. Hope you dont put old age limits on millions of veterans that have the training to do what is necessary to maintain a free state. God Bless and SEMPER FI

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  5. Now that the organized militia is formed, now it’s time to arrest the and remove the politicians that violate their oath of office, the 2nd Amendment.
    By attacking the amendment they have declared WAR on the people.

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    1. If this gets to where thousands of Virginians are firing guns in anger then I don’t think anyone will care about the age restrictions.

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  6. I wrote a similar Comment yesterday about this action and the elected politicians that are proposing this. THEY are the ENEMY of AMERICA!! It is THEY who are violating their OATH of Office and proposing Tyranny and Dictatorship! It is THEY who are not upholding sacred
    LAWS of our Constitutional Republic. We have every RIGHT and a DUTY to resist their un-American transgressions of our laws. AND, it is also a criminal act to use our military forces against American Citizens. Those proposing such acts are truly CRIMINAL and must be held accountable for their TREASONOUS actions. I, for one, will never bow to those criminal elitists who want to disarm LAW ABIDING CITIZENS just for possessing firearms.

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  7. I honestly have just learned alot in this short time with this article.
    It makes me feel proud again, im a citizen of Virginia 45years , but i live in the K- otic- city of Norfolk. Sorry about my spelling.
    Norfolk native born & raised, and a law abiding American Citizen. Its good to know people in this time can still pull together. I would love more information or to follow my Militia.

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  8. The socialist left is kicking a sleeping dog, I expect an awakening to sweep the country, first blood credited to the treasonous red flag law has the attention of American citizens, as is should. Politicians have crossed the line with the red flag law and the attack on the AR-15, Ect, It is time to organize throughout the county to reinforce or duty. 2 A is key to our freedom, no doubt it is under attack, our silence is observed as non existence though the eyes of a new generation. We need to make a stand of unity and power before we are smothered and trampled over as if we never existed.

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    1. The Socialist Left doesn’t want to take guns away, it’s corporate Dems with their latest worthless band-aid policy. Your real Socialist in a Virginia Office, Lee Carter, has tweeted the statement “Under No Pretext.” This is a shortened version of “Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the people must be stopped, by force if necessary.” This is a quote by Karl Marx. I support the 2nd Amendment as well, this is a terrible move by the VA government, which is clearly very out of touch with the lives of real people.

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  9. “The resolution is truly designed to allow us to hire lawyers to see that laws infringing on the Second Amendment never last any longer than it takes a court to remove them,” he said.

    After Katrina, that period was three years — and that wasn’t even a premeditated law, that was the stroke of a mayor’s and a police chief’s pen.

    Is that an acceptable suspension period for our rights, while the left rejoices in a fait accompli? I think not.

    Stroke of the pen, totalitarianism… not cool at all.

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  10. I love this County of Virginia and what they’ve done with this Militia, Democrats are been backed up by George Soros and other communists over the world, in a movement to try and disarm the US with technicalities and Bullshit Arms Control Tyrannical Laws, to control you!!!

    This weapons registry, limit you ammo, who can and who can’t bear arms, has an origin in populism and communist doctrines….

    This law abiding counties who defend the constitution, must receive more resources to promote, educate, support and protect our rights, form the new communist party in the US, the democrats idiots who hate our constitution and right to bear arms, but use tax money payers to pay for their armed security, in order to make sure you don’t have any, and become an easy target for criminals, abusive police forces, military and foreign armies could invade the US and kill us all….

    I’m a US Army veteran from Puerto Rico, I support your struggle and you will prevail…. Anyone who attempts to ban weapons freedom, it’s no worthy of occupying any position in the government, paid with taxpayers contributions.

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  11. Sheriff Brian Hieatt and newly elected Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Plaster can legally arrest and charge Northam, and members of the VA House and Senate involved in voting for the anti-gun bills, for felony violations under Title 18 US.C. Sections 241 & 242. Both are punishable with life in prison or even the death penalty. It would be awesome to see these morons’ heads explode when they are the ones arrested for breaking the law!

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  12. Good Day Patriots:

    Lots of energy out there going in a good way. I’d like to contribute my two cents worth. These rascals have been chipping away at our rights for some time. They sneak thing through like the thieves they are, spineless little cowards…

    Please take the time to study what the Framers meant about arms and militia, it will empower you. Here is a free down load of the Federalist Papers. You can do word searches on militia and arms. You will be fed by the original understanding not the watered down stuff we have been spoon fed and dumbed down with.

    Click to access 0084_LFeBk.pdf

    Look into ”Committees of Safety”. They were citizen organizations that interacted and cooperated to spread information and news throughout the colonies just prior to and during the Revolution. Like you like minded town councils, they were the backbone of the struggle for liberty.

    God Bless you all, stay strong.

    Dennis Jackson

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  13. Don’t underestimate former Mayor Bloomberg (sp) he’s sure had a hand in this alone with Soros they are both into it and the left wing nut’s up North and out East are voting these clown’s in and clown’s they are SW Va. and Eastern Va. just about has no right’s cause all those nut’s are controlling our State. There’s a lot of good people up there but you got to remember you have a lot of Government employee’s up there and they usually go Democratic,there’s also a lot of Middle Easterner’s and Illegal’s up there also. It’s a sorry state we are living in. I look for Va. to be the the battle ground state for 2nd amendment right’s and we have to make a stand.

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  14. I live in Michigan but have family and friends in Texas, Tennessee, and Ohio. My family roots on my Father and Mother side of the family are well documented and date back to the birth of the days that the United States Of America was fought for! I am retired Military and retired Law Enforcement, and I will gladly travel to Virginia to help or join the Militia there, if they need me, and will have me among their ranks. This is Tyranny, what’s been happening in the USA has gone on far to long and the time is fast approaching that these Tyrants who are socialist and Communist must be removed from the office that they were elected too by the people, it is the right of the people by a majority to rise up and remove such tyrants by force if need be. These so called elected politicians can be removed from office by the process of recall petition, or whatever the process is in Virginia to remove an elected representative from office. If your elected representatives are not listening to the majority of it’s constituents then it is the right of the people to remove them from that office by peaceful legal process, or by force when all else has failed. The People of Colorado about 7- years ago removed their elected representatives from office for some of the same reasons that Virginia is going through. If all else fails and these tyrants in office continue down this path of taking away the Constitutional rights of LAW ABIDING AMERICANS then it should be by force that they be removed from Office by the Militia and that qualified individuals be appointed to those position in State Government until a new election can be held. It has come to the attention of many hard working Americans that these so called elitist politicians elected to office now look down upon us every day hard working law abiding Americans as if we are low life’s, deplorable’s, or peasants. We write letters, we send emails to them by the thousands and our voice falls on deaf ears, why are the MAJORITY of Americans being ignored, and the small factions who are of low numbers being heard??? These types of Politicians who are not Constitutionalist do not belong in office, and remember our Declaration Of Independence is as much a legal document as the Constitution, it is fact that the Constitution is an extension of the Declaration Of Independence.

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  15. What is it about the trick so many idiots together in one place? Though I do worry about the Russian Republicans in Putin’s little pet lap dog in the White House. The pen is still mightier than the sword. I mean by all means dress up in your costumes and play civil war or whatever you want to do with your well regulated militia. When it comes down to it that’s all the Democrats ever wanted was some regulations on the nuts running around with their kid killers.

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  16. If all who uphold the 2nd amendment would vote we would not even have this problem. Every citizen even to the most remotest places in the commonwealth needs to vote so Fairfax country and some other small Liberal areas do not decide for the whole state.

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  17. listen to the Militia intelligence Report on blogtalkradio and YouTube channel Militia Intelligence Report 2019 for news and directions

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  18. I’m from texas & Louisiana Been hunting my whole life spin hours upon hours 0 ing guns at the gun range can Cut matchsticks off 200 yd will be glad to come help And I will be very well armed

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  19. Trying to find out who to talk to to join the Va malita in Taz. Co.I am a retired US MARINE living in Wythe. CO. JUST A small drive away. I can be mobile in a matter of minutes. Stocked and ready. Any information will help. I’ve been in different III%groups and I loath what these idiots in Richmond are trying to do. Thanks for any help.

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  20. Many are forgetting how we gotten to this point there is remedy lawfully ever since the reconstruction acts of 1871 and then the illegal takeover of the federal reserve evil has deceived our country slowly and to point we may not recover we must restore our republic and abolish the u s corporation and end the money changers monetary control

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