JPs back ordinance affirming gun rights

JPs back ordinance affirming gun rights

Crawford County Attorney Jacob Howell speaks during the Crawford County Quorum Court meeting Monday. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Saccente) VAN BUREN — Crawford County announced its support for the constitutional rights of its residents, especially the right to keep and bear arms. The Quorum Court approved an ordinance declaring Crawford a "Second Amendment County" during its meeting Monday in a 12-0 vote. District 11 Justice of the Peace Craig Wahlmeier was the only member absent. There was no discussion on the matter Monday. The ordinance affirms the county’s "commitment to guard against any encroachment on individual liberty rights." Mike Rainwater, an attorney for the Association of Arkansas Counties Risk Management Fund, drafted the ordinance with the exception of some small amendments by County Attorney Jacob Howell. Rainwater said Monday that Crawford County is "declaring what the law says," with it respecting state and federal law. District 10 Justice of the Peace Jayson Peppas sponsored the ordinance. Peppas said before the meeting he believed, with certain gun control legislation in process in Congress, the federal government "has intentions of getting rid of the Second Amendment." "I want this ordinance to pass tonight to make a statement that, here in Crawford County, that’s not what we’re about," Peppas said. Audience members applauded when the ordinance passed. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: "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." Article 2, […]

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