Category Archives: Dillon Rule

VCDL’s Roanoke County picnic was a rousing success

On Saturday last, VCDL held a picnic in Green Hill Park in Salem, VA. ¬†The event, billed as the “Oh yes we can!” picnic garnered quite a bit of media attention. The picnic, which was attended by over 150 people … Continue reading

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Roanoke County’s preempted parks ordinance is prompting calls for legal action

I recently wrote about a Roanoke County ordinance which seemingly imposes a complete ban on the possession and carrying of firearms inside county parks. As I pointed out in the original article, such an ordinance would be void due to … Continue reading

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Roanoke ordinance may run afoul of state preemption statute

Virginia is a Dillon Rule state. ¬†Under the Dillon Rule,¬†municipalities have powers that are strictly limited. As the Virginia Supreme Court has repeatedly held, Virginia municipalities have only those powers that are: Expressly granted; or Necessarily or fairly implied from … Continue reading

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