LAWRENCEVILLE – It was standing room only at the November meeting of the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors. Those who support the right to bear arms asked the supervisors to adopt a resolution designating Brunswick County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. No action was taken. Supervisor Dr. Barbara Jarrett Harris – Chair, thanked the citizens for attending the meeting and assured them the supervisors heard their concerns.

According to published reports, the designation unites people who “oppose unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.” Other localities are considering the resolution in the wake of the Democratic majority in the statehouse.

Locally nine citizens spoke and the common thread was support of the right to keep and bear arms.

Mike Hankins from Kenbridge asked the supervisors to consider the resolution. He said the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors will consider the resolution on Dec. 12. He called attention to the rural nature of Brunswick County and the amount of guns making it very different from urban localities.

Hankins opposed limiting the amount of ammunition in a magazine and outlawing assault weapons. He said the measure would make some rifles illegal. Hankins called attention to the number of people present at the meeting saying there is strength in numbers.

Leanne Fiorentino from Blackstone agreed with the previous speaker and asked the supervisors to make Brunswick County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. She said people should be able to protect their property and to hunt. She asked the supervisors to send a message to Richmond.

To read the entire article pick up the Dec. 4, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.