An overflow crowd filled the Golden Leaf Commons with keen interest on what the Greensville County Board of Supervisors had in mind Monday on the subject of Second Amendment rights for its citizens. The meeting was brief before a resolution was passed declaring Greensville, a Second Amendment Sanctuary municipality.
Resolution 20-63 passed 3-0 with Supervisors Michael Ferguson, Tony Conwell, and Raymond Bryant voting for the passage of the resolution. Supervisor William Cain abstained from voting on the measure.
Greensville County Transit Program Coordinator Reggie Owens read the resolution to the supervisors and citizens. Owens asked the supervisors to express their intent to stand as a sanctuary county for the Second Amendment. The resolution opposes any effort by the Commonwealth of Virginia to unconstitutionally limit the rights of the citizens to keep and bear arms.
“Public funds of the county will not be used to restrict the Second Amendment rights, or aid in unconstitutional restriction of the rights under the Second Amendment,” Owens said as he read the resolution to the supervisors.
Before the vote, Cain spoke in opposition to the resolution, though he said he would be willing to go to the Virginia General Assembly and fight for the rights of Greensville County citizens to keep and bear arms. His opposition to the resolution was his belief the Constitution does not support citizens carrying firearms.
“None of us here have the Constitutional right to carry guns,” Cain said. “The Second Amendment, when it was ratified in 1791, was for militants, which we look at today as our police force. We look at our military. We look at our army. They are the ones under this ratification that would be the ones with the right to bear arms.”
Cain said he is not opposed to citizens keeping and bearing firearms but reemphasized; this is a fight that needs to addressed before the Virginia General Assembly. He said the resolution is not worth the paper on which it is written.
Conwell made a motion to vote on the resolution. Bryant seconded the motion to put it to a vote. Ferguson, the board chair, disagreed with Cain’s interpretation of the resolution.
“Mr. Cain, I heard your comments, and I’ll take them with a grain of salt,” Ferguson said. “I would ask everybody that support this resolution please stand.
Nearly every citizen in the crowd stood. The vote followed immediately after. The resolution will be sent to Gov. Ralph Northam, representatives of Greensville County and the Virginia Association of Counties.
“We are telling the General Assembly Greensville County is a sanctuary community, and that is all we wanted to do,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson allowed citizens to speak on what had transpired. Only one person took the board chair up on his offer by thanking the supervisors for the action taken. The supervisors took a break before continuing with the meeting.
Discussion among citizens as they left the Golden Leaf Commons was abundant. Nearly all agreed with the action taken.
“I want to be able to protect my home,” Belinda Dickerson said. “If you can’t protect your home, what’s the point? There are too many people out there doing wrong. If you can’t protect yourself, you become a victim.”
Timothy Fajna is a hunter that came to the meeting, ready to voice his concerns.
“I wanted to make sure my Second Amendment rights would not be infringed upon,” he said.
Fajna, along with scores of others that hold similar beliefs, never had to speak to persuade the supervisors. Resolution 20-63 was resolved quickly with a decision uniform with surrounding counties Southampton, Sussex, and Dinwiddie. Greensville became the 30th Virginia county to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.