Virginia sheriff vows to deputize “thousands” of citizens in the event of new gun control laws

by Daniel Payne · Dec 10th, 2019 2:57 pm

Culpeper County Sheriff's Office

Last Updated Dec 10th, 2019 at 9:03 pm

A sheriff in Virginia has vowed to deputize ordinary citizens in his county if the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature passes new gun control laws.

Scott Jenkins, the sheriff of Culpeper County in the north-central part of the state, said that he plans to deputize "thousands" of citizens in order to "protect their constitutional right to own firearms."

The sheriff said he would properly screen his nominal deputies before administering an oath to them.

The Virginia Democratic party gained control of both chambers of the state legislature in November, the first time in more than 25 years that it has held majorities in both the state house and senate.


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