Mineral now a second amendment sanctuary

The town of Mineral is now a second amendment sanctuary town.

Following in the footsteps of Louisa County, the town council adopted a resolution at its regular business meeting on Dec. 9 to declare Mineral a second amendment sanctuary.

Councilman Ed Jarvis raised the issue, stating that the town should adopt a resolution that would “send a symbolic message” to the state legislature that the town doesn’t support the gun laws that have been proposed.

Councilman Doswell “Tex” Pierce voiced opposition to the idea, stating that ultimately the resolution “means nothing.”

“[The law] goes by the second amendment,” he said. “The state can pass all the laws they want, but they’re not going to take away your weapons.”

Jarvis moved to “adopt a resolution that is identical to the one that was adopted by Louisa County.” Councilman Dr. William Thomas seconded the motion, which passed 5-1. Pierce cast the dissenting vote.

Also at the meeting, council adopted an ordinance to ban motorized scooters for hire within the town. Scooters for rent have appeared in several places around the state, prompting an amendment to the state code earlier this year allowing localities to prohibit them or regulate them, provided action is taken before Jan. 1, 2020.

The town held a public hearing at the start of the meeting, though no one from the public spoke. Vice-mayor Michael Warlick moved to adopt the ordinance and Thomas seconded the motion. It passed in a 5-1 vote, with Jarvis voting against.

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