Lewis County Commissioners Offer Varied Responses to Sheriff’s ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ Proposal

Lewis County Commissioners Offer Varied Responses to Sheriff’s ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ Proposal

Gun Laws: Pollock Says ‘Sanctuary’ Used By Liberal Jurisdictions Lewis County Commissioner Lindsey Pollock said she’s hesitant to designate the county as a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” since “sanctuary” has been linked to more liberal jurisdictions. County commissioners aren’t in agreement about making Lewis County a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” voicing concerns Monday as Sheriff Rob Snaza continued to push for the designation, which he says would be largely symbolic. “Are we afraid to offend somebody? Because I can tell you the other side is not afraid to offend us or create laws to come after us,” Snaza told the commissioners. The sheriff proposed the idea last week, pointing to potential, but unspecified, gun restriction laws from the state and federal government. Under President Joe Biden’s administration, more jurisdictions have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. And Snaza has pointed to local cities and neighboring counties that have done the same. District 1 Commissioner Sean Swope said this week he’s “very in favor” of the idea, citing Washington’s new law banning open-carry at permitted demonstrations and on state Capitol grounds. That law was passed after armed demonstrations in Olympia on at least three occasions resulted in gunfire, according to The Seattle Times. The prohibition, Swope said, is a “snowball that’s going to start rolling down the hill.” But Commissioner Lindsey Pollock, who showed off her conceal carry permit on the campaign trail last year, said she’s hesitant to use the word “sanctuary,” since it’s often linked to liberal jurisdictions. The term, she […]

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