2nd Amendment measures pass

2nd Amendment measures pass

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County voters have embraced the idea of creating a Second Amendment Sanctuary to provide another layer of gun protection rights. In response to Tuesday’s ballot referendums proposed by the Blair County Tea Party, voters said yes in significant margins to the proposed sanctuary designation on the county level and on their municipal levels. On the county level, unofficial returns show 16,551 voting yes to a Second Amendment Sanctuary and 5,603 voting no. “I’m so happy with these results,” Tea Party President Rhonda Holland said Tuesday night. “We’ve been working on this for so long.” Based on Tuesday’s unofficial results, where nearly 30% of Blair County’s 77,621 registered voters cast ballots, the county commissioners, Altoona City Council, plus all borough councils and township supervisors, will need to write and adopt an intermunicipal agreement aimed at meeting the referendum’s goal. As stated on the ballot, the goal is to render assurance that “no taxpayer resources shall be used to enforce any legislation passed after Nov. 2, 2021, that would infringe upon an eligible citizen’s right to bear arms.” Holland said she and her group will be willing to help craft the intermunicipal agreement. “If it doesn’t cover the protections that we want, then we’ll raise a ruckus,” she said. Some Pennsylvania counties and municipalities have already declared themselves to be Second Amendment sanctuaries. Cambria County commissioners made that declaration in a resolution they adopted in February 2020. Fayette County commissioners, in March 2020, adopted a five-page Second Amendment […]

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