On February 12, 2020 at 7PM at the Augusta County government center, citizens will be speaking to the Augusta County Board of supervisors about adopting a resolution known as the Virginia 1-13 resolution.
The resolution would strengthen the second amendment sanctuary status by defining what the role of the “unorganized militia” is in Augusta County and also to provide a new community service that would assist in the event of an emergency. Such services may include first aid, tree cutting, clean up crews, food delivery assistance and medical supplies delivery.
The service would be 100% volunteer and cost virtually no money to the county.
Virginia defines the word “militia” as follows.
§ 44-1. Composition of militia.
The militia of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall consist of all able-bodied residents of the Commonwealth who are citizens of the United States and all other able-bodied persons resident in the Commonwealth who have declared their intention to become citizens of the United States, who are at least 16 years of age and, except as hereinafter provided, not more than 55 years of age. The militia shall be divided into three classes: the National Guard, which includes the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard; the Virginia Defense Force; and the unorganized militia.
The state currently defines the unorganized militia and the citizens wish to make further use of this definition on a local level.
§ 44-4. Composition of unorganized militia.
The unorganized militia shall consist of all able-bodied persons as set out in § 44-1, except such as may be included in §§ 44-2 and 44-54.6 and except such as may be exempted as hereinafter provided.
The Virginia 1-13 resolution would allow for Augusta County BOS members to form a committee which would oversee a new local public service which may be called the “unorganized militia”.
Citizens of Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro could volunteer in this new public service which would supplement existing emergency management services by providing security, cleanup, first responder services and medical delivery services to the county in the event of an emergency or major natural disaster.
The resolution would reflect similar to what the National Guard is to the State, only on a local level.
In addition to providing a volunteer public service, the resolution would also protect citizen’s second amendment rights as an exemption under the new assault weapons ban, HB961. The new bill states that the “military” would be exempt. The military is not expressly defined by Virginia and is used interchangeably with the word “militia”, which includes, per Virginia law, the “unorganized militia”.
Anyone that wishes to support the unorganized militia resolution and secure their right to own firearms should attend the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting on February 12, 2020 at 7pm. ( 18 Gov Center Ln, Verona, VA 24482 )