BERRYVILLE — Following in the footsteps of other Virginia jurisdictions, Berryville Town Council will consider adopting a resolution in support of gun rights this week.
The resolution will be discussed at the council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center, 101 Chalmers Court.
Last week, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution urging the General Assembly and Congress “not to adopt or enact any law that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms in violation of the Second Amendment” of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution was drafted after the board, during two Dec. 17 meetings, heard from numerous people concerned about proposed gun control measures that state lawmakers are to consider during the current General Assembly session. The proposed legislation includes universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and laws giving police the ability to seize weapons from people who they determine could harm themselves or others.
The Frederick County Board of Supervisors and Winchester City Council also have seen large crowds of gun rights supporters at recent meetings. In response, the Frederick supervisors adopted a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” resolution in December. City Council will discuss the matter further at a 6 p.m. Tuesday work session at John Kerr Elementary School, 427 Meadow Branch Ave., according to an online meeting agenda.
In recent months, at least 91 of Virginia’s 95 counties, plus 12 cities and 22 towns, have adopted resolutions opposing new gun restrictions. In response to the resolutions, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has said localities do not have the authority to not enforce laws, whether they are new or existing laws.
Two potential resolutions are in the Berryville Town Council agenda packet for consideration.
One, submitted by a resident and which apparently has been circulated statewide, would declare Berryville “a sanctuary town for Second Amendment rights.”
The other resolution is a duplicate of Clarke’s, with a few minor alterations.
Berryville Town Manager Keith Dalton said he recommends that council consider the latter resolution first.
“It’s been vetted by our attorney,” he said. The county and town use the same lawyer.
However, “it will be up to them” to decide which resolution — if either — they adopt, Dalton said, referring to council members.