All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic
When swearing the oath of office, public servants follow the same oath that our military and law enforcement personnel do, namely to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
So when state officials threaten to pass laws repugnant to our Second Amendment guarantees, they don’t like it when other, more local officials tell the state they won’t enforce those unconstitutional laws.
Given the recent surge in local governments adopting Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was asked to issue a formal legal opinion.
Unsurprisingly, he said local governments have no right or legal authority to refuse to enforce gun control or confiscation legislation.
But declaring a city or county a Sanctuary City/County and refusing to assist federal law enforcement from enforcing US immigration laws is OK.
In reply, Gun Owners of America and the Virginia Citizens Defense League issued a joint response to AG Herring’s opinion. It’s 26 pages long, but well worth the read to get a good grounding as to why AG Herring’s opinion is both wrong and hypocritical.
Stand strong, Virginia!