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The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors just voted unanimously to make Culpeper County a Second Amendment “Constitutional County.” I’m not quite sure what that means other than that the county officials and sheriff’s office have announced their intention to not follow any law on firearms that may become law in Virginia, that they don’t like.
The reward is that feel-good NRA moment—but what is the risk? Could there be any financial risk to the taxpayers of Culpeper County? I believe there is financial risk, which should have been considered.
Here is one scenario.
Red Flag laws allow a judge to order the removal of weapons from a person who poses a risk to others, such as a person who is mentally impaired, who may be a danger to themselves or others. I expect the Commonwealth of Virginia to pass just such a law.
So, Sam’s family and doctor report to a judge that Sam has been making threats and talking about suicide. The judge agrees and issues an order to remove weapons from Sam’s possession. The court order is given to the sheriff’s office for execution. The sheriff has said he will not enforce this kind of gun law, so there it sits. A week later, Sam kills his neighbor and himself. The neighbor’s wife sues the sheriff’s office and Culpeper County. They willfully failed to execute a court order and people died. Could be a multi-million-dollar award. Taxpayers’ money.
The Board of Supervisors is supposed to look out for financial liability of the county. They have a responsibility to be careful with the taxpayers’ money. I think they have failed in their responsibility. I feel confident that some similar scenario will happen somewhere in the commonwealth. I sure hope it is not in Culpeper County.
Editor’s Note: this letter originally appeared in the December 5th edition of the Culpeper Star-Exponent, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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