HALIFAX Co., Va. (WSET) -- Leaders in Halifax County are set to discuss becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary at their meeting Monday.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Dennis Witt said a number of people reached out, asking the board to consider the county becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary.
Witt says that means the county stands firm in their right to bear arms as intended by the Constitution.
The Halifax County Board is Supervisors will be taking public comments at their meeting.
Witt said many residents in the county own guns and this is a big issue for the county.
Others have said they don't believe it's necessary for the county to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary, instead they want the county to focus on tightening gun laws.
Appomattox County, Campbell County, Pittsylvania County, and Charlotte County are all Second Amendment sanctuaries, while Amherst County, Bedford County, and Carroll County are debating whether to join that list.
A petition has been created to make Lynchburg a Second Amendment Sanctuary.
Bedford County Board of Supervisors will be voting at the next meeting on Monday, December 9.
Amherst County Board of Supervisors said they will come up with a final version of the draft that will be presented at their next meeting.
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will meet at the gym in the Mary Bethune Complex at 6:30 p.m.
Witt says he is not sure if the board will vote at this meeting.
The decision to start declaring localities a 'Second Amendment Sanctuary' comes after Virginia Democrats took control of the General Assembly in the latest election.
Governor Ralph Northam said he plans to pass stricter gun laws that include universal background checks.
Being a 'Second Amendment sanctuary' means that, within the limits of the law, these counties will oppose any efforts to restrict its citizens' gun rights.
The resolution is not legally binding, but expresses the locality's intent that its public funds not be used to restrict Second Amendment rights.