Franklin County commissioners to vote on 2nd Amendment gun rights

Gun rights advocates rally at Washington State Capitol In this Jan. 17, 2020 file video, the Gun Rights Coalition hosted the annual 2nd amendment defense rally on the capitol steps in Olympia. By Tony Overman captions and subtitles off, selected In this Jan. 17, 2020 file video, the Gun Rights Coalition hosted the annual 2nd amendment defense rally on the capitol steps in Olympia. By Tony Overman Franklin County commissioners are set to vote Tuesday in support of the U.S. and state constitutions in general, and the First and Second Amendments in particular. But it’s unlikely to force any changes. A spate of mass shootings across the country have reinvigorated discussions of increasing some restrictions on firearms. Among the recommendations, President Joe Biden pointed to closing loopholes in background checks. He also proposed a rule to stop people from buying kits to build guns. The Franklin County resolution from Commissioner Clint Didier says the proposals “have sought to limit or eliminate certain traditionally held rights of the people guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.” Many of the restrictions Biden proposed already exist in Washington state. But Didier’s resolution “reaffirms our united support for those rights,” including freedom of speech, assembly, unreasonable search and seizures and to keep and bear arms. Franklin County’s sheriff and prosecutor said they support the intent of the resolution, but it wouldn’t change how they’re doing their jobs. Prosecutor Shawn Sant told the Herald his office is obligated to review every case sent […]

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