Commissioners support Second Amendment

Commissioners support Second Amendment

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners declared support for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms Wednesday, but the potential for the county — or even the state — to become a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” as an area businessman requested appears unlikely. Following a request from Norman Doyle, owner of the Eastern Ohio Shooting Academy, a few weeks ago, the commissioners read a resolution of support for the Second Amendment as defined in the Constitution and the obligation of elected officials to uphold the Constitution. Doyle continued to express concern about U.S. House Resolution 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, which passed in the House and has been introduced in the Senate; it is currently in committee. Reps. Joyce Beatty, Marcy Kaptur and Time Ryan, all D-Ohio, are co-sponsors of the measure. Doyle said H.R. 8 would require the registration of all firearms. He also raised the issue of House Resolution 127, introduced into the U.S. House in January, saying that extensive registration would create a public database that criminals could use to target gun owners for theft, and that regulations could penalize someone for simply loaning another a gun for hunting. Doyle said proposed federal taxes of $800 per gun per year would be onerous for law-abiding gun owners. Doyle reiterated that he is not opposed to current gun laws, and said anyone committing a crime with a firearm should face a heavy penalty. Belmont County Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan advised the commissioners […]

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