Blount County is now a Second Amendment sanctuary county

Blount County is now a Second Amendment sanctuary county

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BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. — Blount County is now the second county in Tennessee to become a Second Amendment sanctuary. Polk County passed a similar resolution last month. This was mainly a symbolic move by the county commission. Supporters said it sends a message that Blount County will protect citizens from tighter gun laws. This decision was not made lightly, with dozens of people taking the podium on both sides. It was a packed meeting and a divided crowd. "Vote yes for this resolution to help prevent any unnecessary gun control laws," said one supporter. "Does the term ‘sanctuary county’ mean that the commission is prioritizing gun ownership over the sanctity of life," asked one opponent. Those who shared public comment were split for and against the resolution, which did pass after an hour and a half of public comment and nearly an hour of deliberation among the commissioners. The passing of this resolution means the county will not spend money on tighter gun control efforts by the state if the commission feels they violate the right to bear arms under the constitution. "This resolution here was stemmed because of House Bill 1049 at the state level," said Blount County Commissioner Steve Mikels. That bill, now tabled, would allow police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. Resolution 19-04-012 — 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County It’s also known as a "red […]

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