Counties’ steps aim to assert rights

Counties' steps aim to assert rights

The Wilson Combat/Beretta 92G Compact Carry pistol is designed for the concealed carry market. Five Arkansas counties have approved measures intended to protect or affirm constitutional rights, largely as precautions in case county governments perceive state or federal challenges to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The type of measure varies by county, and legal experts say the legality and constitutionality of those measures also vary. The "Second Amendment sanctuary" movement spread across several states after it started in Virginia in November 2019, when Democrats took control of the state House and Senate, paving the way to approve gun-control measures that Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam vowed to pursue. At least one county in a majority of states had passed a "Second Amendment sanctuary" measure by March 2020. The Second Amendment states that "a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Since January 2020, Scott, Benton, Independence, Crawford and Cleburne counties have approved ordinances or resolutions supporting the Bill of Rights, which includes the Second Amendment. An ordinance becomes law, while a resolution states the opinion of a governmental body at the specific moment of approval. The recent measures in Cleburne and Crawford counties spawned from concern that the federal government, controlled by Democrats as of January, will "attempt to water down the Constitution and strip us of our rights, especially the Second Amendment," said Jayson Peppas, justice of the […]

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