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VA Democrats Reject Sheriffs’ Pay Raise as Punishment for Adopting Second Amendment Resolutions

A top VA Democrat confessed that sheriffs failed to get a pay raise for adopting Second Amendment resolutions in their jurisdictions.

“You want to know why your sheriffs didn’t get a raise? — because they came to our committees and said that they weren’t going to enforce our laws,” Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw told his Republican counterpart Sen. Bill Stanley.

Sen Stanley posted the conversation on Facebook, and Saslaw confirmed the conversation had taken place during an interview with Virginia State Capitol.

“I was shocked that the Democrats are now punishing our local Sheriff’s Departments [by denying them a raise], for their choice to protect and defend our citizens’ Second Amendment rights,” Sen. Stanley said in the post.

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Stanley was pushing for a raise for the sheriffs because the state’s two-year budget did not provide for an increase in their salaries. He said that their current salaries are too little the sheriffs needed to receive food stamps to survive. Democrats claimed that the coffers did not have enough funds to cover the $200 salary raise, which would cost a meager $2.6 million for the whole year.

Although the Democrats did not mention the adoption of the Second Amendment resolutions as the reason for turning down the request, Stanley believes it was after the confession by the Senate Majority leader.

91 out of 95 Virginian counties have adopted the second amendment resolutions. Similarly, 16 independent cities and 37 towns have similar resolutions passed. Saslaw’s confession was an indication that Democrats were willing to force gun control through all means, including the abuse of their constitutionally granted powers for political mileage.


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