Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan and other sheriffs showed up in uniform to join thousands of pro-gun rights activists at the Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday.

Sheriff Vaughan voiced his opposition to the new gun measures in the Virginia state legislature.

“If the bills go through as proposed, they will not be enforced. They are unconstitutional,” Sheriff Vaughan told a reporter. “We support upholding the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia. That’s what we will do.”


Vaughan and other members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office held up a sign that read, “We Support the Second Amendment.”

Grayson County is one of 95 counties in Virginia that adopted a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution to deprioritize the enforcement of the new gun control measures. These are not legally binding measures, but are a way of showing opposition to the new gun laws.

Sheriff Scott Jenkins of Culpepper County also stated his opposition to the enforcing the new gun laws. During Culpepper County’s vote on their Second Amendment resolution, Sheriff Jenkins said he would not violate his oath by declining to enforce gun laws but would deputize thousands of gun owners to bypass those laws.

“If the legislature decides to restrict certain weapons I feel harms our community, I will swear in thousands of auxiliary deputies in Culpeper,” said Sheriff Jenkins. “There’s no limit to the number of people I can swear in. Personally, I don’t think some of the bills that are proposed will pass, I don’t think we’re that far left in Virginia.”

Thousands of law-abiding gun owners rallied to protect their constitutional rights.