A sheriff in Virginia is keeping his promise to “swear in thousands of auxiliary deputies” should the General Assembly vote to restrict certain types of firearms. Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins is accepting application for potential “volunteer background investigators.” The candidates must be current or retired law enforcement officers capable of vetting the auxiliary deputy sheriffs.
Once sworn into office, the deputies will be immune to the “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines bans likely to pass in the General Assembly. Jenkins said during a board meeting earlier this month that the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors should send a clear message that they would not tolerate the infringement of the Second Amendment rights of the county residents.
“I encourage the Culpeper Board of Supervisors and all Virginia localities supporting the Second Amendment to send a clear message to Richmond in the form of resolutions declaring that they will not exercise local authority under Virginia Code 15.2-915(E)”
Sheriff Jenkins reiterated his intentions of swearing in deputies from both residents of Culpeper County and beyond during a recent county supervisors’ board meeting.
“I’ll say again, if the previous bill, or similar legislation, to ban so-called assault weapons and high capacity magazines are passed, I will swear in thousands of Reserve Deputy Sheriffs in Culpeper,” Jenkins said. “My authority is not limited to swearing-in only residents of Culpeper County, and I intend to exercise my authority fully within my discretion to do so.”
The county board had unanimously declared Culpeper a Second Amendment sanctuary late last year. The declaration prohibited the use of public resources in enforcing the Northam-backed unconstitutional gun laws. Close to all local authorities in Virginia adopted similar resolutions in opposition to the unilateral adoption of anti-gun laws by Democrats in Richmond against the wish of Virginians.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special session in August, which will focus on gun control measures, among other agendas. HB 961, which was defeated through a bipartisan effort during the last legislative session, will be on the list.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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