Clarksville Considers Becoming Second Amendment Sanctuary City

Clarksville Considers Becoming Second Amendment Sanctuary City

Montgomery County is already one of about 60 Tennessee counties that are Second Amendment sanctuaries. (Tennessee Lookout) March 4, 2021 A resolution introduced in the Clarksville City Council would proclaim the city as a "Second Amendment sanctuary," as the state considers legislation that would make the same declaration across all of Tennessee. The resolution, on which the council will vote Thursday evening, was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Trisha Butler and Jason Knight, both of whom were sworn into office in January. The resolution is a symbolic gesture from the councilmembers meant to show the Clarksville community that the city supports its residents’ right to bear arms, Butler and Knight said. Both said they got requests from constituents to consider such a statement, as some residents feared their firearm rights would be infringed upon, especially now that a Democrat is in the White House. "In my mind, this will give the community a sense of ease to know that their local government is supporting their constitutional right to carry," Knight said. Montgomery County, which encompasses Clarksville, was declared a Second Amendment sanctuary last year. The county commissioners voted 18-3 to pass the resolution, joining the approximately 60 counties in Tennessee — including Knox, Rutherford and Sevier — that have adopted similar resolutions. In April 2019, Polk County became the first in the state to declare itself a gun sanctuary, and in less than two years, legislators across Tennessee rushed to declare their counties one, too. However, because most of these declarations […]

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