Gun violence prevention group opposes 2nd Amendment sanctuaries

Gun violence prevention group opposes 2nd Amendment sanctuaries

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Gun rights is a topic that’s filling town halls across North Carolina. The meetings have frequently ended with a vote declaring counties like Haywood, Henderson and McDowell as Second Amendment sanctuaries. “So, we want to go on record that if there is any attempt to grab guns, hey, your last line of defense as an individual is gun ownership against a government that is out of control,” McDowell Commission Chairman David Walker said. The resolutions are designed to prohibit any state or federal law from infringing on county residents legally getting firearms. “These gun laws save lives,” North Carolinians Against Gun Violence executive director Becky Ceartas said. The group is asking local governments to remove the resolutions or vote them down. “We need to keep our state’s gun laws, enforce them strongly and pass new gun laws to protect North Carolinian from gun laws,” Ceartas said. The organization said 1,430 North Carolinians were shot and killed in 2017. Ceartas said she is fearful more will die if local governments refuse to enforce current and future gun restriction laws. “It’s not a question of the rights to bear arms versus gun laws,” Ceartas said. “You can bear arms and have common sense gun laws in place that protect everyone.”

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