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2ND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY RESOLUTIONS HAVE “NO LEGAL EFFECT,” VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS

By MARIE ALBIGES, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Virginia’s top law-enforcement officer says the resolutions local governments have been passing to declare themselves exempt from proposed gun safety laws have no standing. Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, issued an opinion Friday saying the Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions have “no legal effect,”

VaNews December 23, 2019



ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK HERRING, IN ADVISORY OPINION, SAYS SECOND AMENDMENT RESOLUTIONS HAVE 'NO LEGAL EFFECT'

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The resolutions local governments have passed in more than 100 localities declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries have “no legal effect,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring wrote in an advisory opinion. Herring, a Democrat, said Friday the localities and local constitutional officers “cannot nullify state laws” and must follow the gun laws passed by the General Assembly.

VaNews December 23, 2019



VA. AG: SECOND AMENDMENT ‘SANCTUARY’ RESOLUTIONS ‘HAVE NO LEGAL EFFECT’

By TIM DODSON, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

After dozens of Virginia localities — including several in Southwest Virginia — declared themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries” in recent weeks, Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion that the resolutions “have no legal effect.” Citing requirements in the Virginia Constitution and state code for local governments to follow state law, Herring wrote in his four-page opinion that “these resolutions neither have the force of law nor authorize localities or local constitutional officials to refuse to follow or decline to enforce gun violence prevention measures enacted by the General Assembly.”

VaNews December 23, 2019



IN SIGN OF CHANGING ATTITUDES, VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL HOSTS 'CANNABIS SUMMIT'

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

This would not have happened a few years ago, but on Wednesday the Virginia attorney general hosted a “cannabis summit” in Richmond as Virginia moves closer toward joining other states in liberalizing marijuana law. Herring, who announced a year ago that he plans to run for governor in 2021, said he called experts to Richmond so lawmakers could hear from other states about how they’ve handled reform of marijuana prohibition laws.

VaNews December 12, 2019



VIRGINIA MOVES CLOSER TO MORE RELAXED POT LAWS WITH DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and the General Assembly’s new “Cannabis Caucus” are exploring ways to loosen state marijuana laws, and will meet Wednesday to discuss decriminalizing possession of the drug and legalizing it for recreational use.

VaNews December 11, 2019



VA. LAWMAKER ASKS AG FOR FORMAL OPINION ON SECOND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY TREND

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Virginia Mercury

A Democratic state delegate has asked Attorney General Mark Herring (D) for a formal opinion on the Second Amendment sanctuary declarations being passed in a growing number of conservative counties across the state. In a letter sent to the attorney general Monday, Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, said a legal opinion could help clear up confusion on an issue that has “become a flashpoint across our state.”

VaNews December 3, 2019



‘JUSTICE REFORM’ BILLS EXPECTED AS DEMS TAKE CONTROL

By PETER VIETH, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Paywall for some articles)

Democrats are eagerly making legislative wish lists as they anticipate their new-found dominance in the halls of state government when the General Assembly convenes Jan. 8. On Nov. 18, Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced his priorities for “a more just, equal, and fair criminal justice system,” including cannabis reform, cash bail reform and more pathways to record expungement.

VaNews December 3, 2019



ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN VIRGINIA: ‘WE WILL BE RELENTLESS’

By GABRIELLE HARMON, WTVR

Attorney General Mark Herring continued this efforts to fight human trafficking Tuesday by collaborating with the Richmond Regional Human Trafficking Collaborative. On Tuesday, the pair new initiatives that will improve the way the Richmond region responds to human trafficking.

VaNews November 27, 2019



JLARC GIVES GOOD REVIEW TO VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Attorney General Mark Herring’s office got mostly good reviews from state analysts, who issued a report Monday saying the office provides first-rate legal services, uses outside counsel appropriately and effectively investigates Medicaid fraud at no expense to the state. Republican lawmakers in 2017 requested the review by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the General Assembly’s watchdog arm.

VaNews November 26, 2019



ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK HERRING TO HOST ‘CANNABIS SUMMIT’ AHEAD OF 2020 SESSION

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Virginia Mercury

Attorney General Mark Herring has invited state lawmakers to a “Cannabis Summit” next month that will feature policymakers from states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana and academics who study cannabis-related issues.

VaNews November 20, 2019