Bedford County Militia

More than 500 sign up for Bedford Militia at Saturday’s muster call

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A militia muster call in Bedford County on Saturday afternoon drew hundreds of local residents willing to take a stand to protect their community and their Second Amendment rights.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, more than 500 people showed up to the militia muster call in Bedford County to volunteer their energy and their skills to the cause. As advertised in the flyer for the muster call — which was posted on Facebook on Jan. 30 — registration for the militia was open to all able-bodied residents between the ages of 16 and 55.

According to the flyer, “This muster will be a historic event and will demonstrate the will and resolve of the people of Bedford County and the Commonwealth of Virginia to defend their rights, resist tyranny, and secure for themselves and their posterity those liberties that have been purchased with the blood and treasure of generations of Virginians.”

Attendance records for the hundreds of interested residents will be brought before Bedford County administrators so the group can be formally recognized as the Bedford Militia. After gaining official recognition in the county, the members of the Bedford Militia can bring their unorganized militia up to par with the guidelines of Virginia Section 44, which covers unorganized militias as well as the National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force.

Wes Gardner, a member of the Bedford Militia, says, “The Attorney General saying that they’re going to enforce the law and if there’s any sheriffs that won’t enforce the law that they’re going to remove those sheriffs, well this is a community effort to protect the community, including the duly elected representatives, including the sheriff.”