Officials in a growing number of Virginia counties have declared their localities "Second Amendment sanctuaries" or are considering resolutions to that effect.

The declarations express the counties' intent to honor and defend gun rights. In the Lynchburg region, Appomattox and Campbell counties have passed such resolutions, while Amherst and Bedford are considering adopting similar measures.

The "Second Amendment sanctuary" movement in Virginia comes on the heels of the Nov. 5 election, after which Democrats gained majority control of both the state Senate and House of Delegates and Gov. Ralph Northam said Democratic leaders will push for gun-control measures.

Get caught up on the issue with this round-up of regional coverage:

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CHRISTIANSBURG — More than 800 people packed Montgomery and Pulaski counties’ board of supervisors meetings Monday night to either hear or speak about a demand that each locality join the growing roster of municipalities that have declared themselves so-called Second Amendment sanctuaries.

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It was standing room only at the Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting Nov. 19 as more than 350 people came out in support of gun rights. Residents were there to ask the county to become the latest in an ongoing movement to become a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”

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Following a trend rippling across Virginia counties, Appomattox County has declared itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” uniting behind its intention to “oppose unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.”

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BEDFORD — The Bedford County Board of Supervisors announced its intention to pass a resolution declaring Bedford County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” which a growing number of counties across Virginia are doing following the Nov. 5 statewide election.

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