Hundreds show for 2nd amendment sanctuary comments in Lewis Co.

Hundreds show for 2nd amendment sanctuary comments in Lewis Co.

Army veteran Matthew Meier of Watson addresses the Lewis County Board of Legislators during the public comment period Tuesday. He spoke out against New York’s gun laws, especially the Red Flag Law, stating it violates rights granted in multiple constitutional amendments. (Provided photo — Julie Abbass, Watertown Daily Times) LOWVILLE — The line of people in the Lewis County Courthouse lobby waiting to go through security snaked back and forth three times the length of the space. The board room, second-floor hallways, the stairway, the first-floor area leading to the stairway were all full of the over 300 people who came through the metal detector. Over 90% of those gathered were there to encourage legislators to make a local law that would prevent county officials, including the Sheriff’s Department, from enforcing state gun laws. The originators of the Second Amendment Sanctuary County petition brought the document signed by 2,961 people, about 11% of the county’s population, and spoke out against New York’s gun laws. In total, seven people signed up to speak at the meeting: five in favor of the sanctuary law and two in support of strict gun laws. “This group is specifically concerned with the constant attacks on the peoples’ rights to keep and bear arms, an inalienable right to security protected by the Second Amendment,” said group co-organizer Beau Bailey of Lyons Falls. “We understand that not every resident of the county feels the same way as us. Much like in revolutionary times, there are loyalists […]

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