Nelson prosecutor reacts to proposed gun laws
NELSON COUNTY, VA. (CBS19 News) -- Four new gun control laws are making their way through the General Assembly, setting the stage for legal showdowns across the state.
With a Second Amendment rally planned for the state capitol on Monday, several localities across Virginia have voted to become Second Amendment Sanctuaries, including Nelson County. Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Daniel Rutherford says he's pleased people are paying attention.
"I love the fact that people are engaged in this discussion because it's an important one," said Rutherford, a Republican who was elected in 2016.
Rutherford says he's not ready to weigh in yet on how he'll respond to the proposed gun control laws if they go into effect.
"Even if it passes the General Assembly, until the Governor signs it, they're not laws," he said. "So with that, I don't take any official position what my office will or will not do."
The proposed laws will certainly face push back from gun rights advocates. The proposed laws include a bill that would require universal background checks and one that would allow localities to ban guns from some events, like the Unite the Right rally in 2017.
Rutherford said even if the laws do pass, Commonwealth's Attorneys can choose which laws to enforce until a court has weighed in.
"If we believe something is unconstitutional," he said, "we can use our discretion to then not prosecute, to not enforce it."