FOIA Request: Emails to or from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan from December 1, 2019 to current date which contain the word "militia"

Shawn Breen filed this request with the Grayson County Sherrif's Office of Grayson County, VA.


From: Shawn Breen

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Emails to or from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan from December 1, 2019 to current date which contain the word "militia" in the body or heading.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Breen

From: Grayson County Sherrif's Office

Good afternoon Karen,

Please see the below email.



Linda C. Osborne

Office Manager

Grayson County, VA

PO Box 217

Independence VA 24348

Phone: 276.773.2471

Fax: 276.773.3673


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From: Grayson County Sherrif's Office

Good morning, The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) grants rights of access to public records to citizens of Virginia and media representatives that broadcast or have circulation in or into Virginia. FOIA does not grant rights to other requesters from out-of-state. This limitation was challenged by two out-of-state requesters (not media representatives) in the case of McBurney v. Young, which was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States on April 29, 2013 (case No. 12-17). The premise of the challenge was that the citizenship limitation in Virginia's FOIA violates the Privileges and Immunities Clause and the dormant Commerce Clause of the Constitution of the United States by discriminating against citizens from out-of-state. However, the Supreme Court held that the citizenship limitation in FOIA does not violate the Constitution. In light of this decision, GCSO will not provide the requested information.  Sincerely,Richard A. VaughanGrayson County Sheriff Sent from my U.S.Cellular© Smartphone