Commissioners approve ‘Second Amendment Order’

Commissioners approve ‘Second Amendment Order’

Buy Now Franklin County Commissioners want to show support for the right to own guns. At their meeting Tuesday, commissioners approved what they call the “Second Amendment Order.” According to the order, the commission will take “all reasonable actions to support law abiding citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms as guaranteed” by the federal and state constitutions. According to the order, the commission opposes people being required to pay a tax or fee specifically intended for firearms, claiming “that is likely to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of firearms by law-abiding citizens.” 300×250 image ad The order also opposes transferring personally identifiable information on people who own guns or take or teach firearms classes without a court order or “express, written consent” of the involved parties or their adult guardians if they are children. Greg Thornton, of Union, addressed the commission before the vote, asking them to approve the measure. He said 1,200 counties in the U.S. have passed ordinances similar to what Franklin County was approving, with some going further and declaring themselves “second amendment sanctuaries.” Thornton added that he hopes orders like Franklin County’s will put pressure on the state Senate to pass the Second Amendment Preservation Act, which would allow state gun laws to override federal laws. 300×250 image ad After the meeting, Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker said the order was “essentially the same thing” as a Second Amendment sanctuary declaration. He said it was discussed with Sheriff Steve Pelton. The […]

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