County commissioners decline to join gun rights movement

Monday morning, the Dubois County Commissioners declined to move forward on a resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. While Commissioner Nick Hostetter made a motion to adopt the resolution supplied by local 2A Sanctuary supporters, his motion died for lack of a second from Commissioners Chad Blessinger and Elmer Brames. Second Amendment sanctuaries are counties or municipalities that have adopted laws or resolutions that oppose, prohibit, or impede the enforcement of certain gun control measures that appear to be in violation of the Second Amendment’s protection of an individual’s right to bear arms. Discussion on the movement to declare the county a 2A Sanctuary began last year and was renewed in March. At the March meeting, Eric Jochim approached the commissioners about adopting a resolution he had drafted. Here is a story about Mr. Jochim’s meeting with commissioners. At that meeting, Mr. Jochim told the commissioners he supported gun control measures already in place. During Monday’s meeting, three members of the public spoke against the county adopting any ordinance or resolution making a statement regarding gun rights. Resident Emily Klein told the commissioners that in light of recent mass shootings in Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia, in addition to the number of deaths that occur annually involving guns, they would be sending the wrong message to their constituents if they supported the sanctuary status. “Common sense gun laws requiring a waiting period and a ban on assault-style weapons could have prevented both shootings,” she told commissioners. “Every […]

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