The Case for Second Amendment Sanctuaries: The Duty to Defend the Constitution


In the wake of proposed new gun regulations the Second Amendment sanctuary movement swept Virginia and other states. The aim, to defend residents against loss of their constitutional right to keep and bear their private firearms, has been dismissed by governors and other authorities as a meaningless gesture. But is it? Federal, state and local officials are sworn to preserve, protect and defend the American Constitution. In addition forty-four states have the right to be armed in their constitutions. What is expected of those who swear that oath? This essay lays out the scope of the sanctuary movement and explores the obligation to protect a constitutional right to be armed.