Luzerne County Second Amendment sanctuary designation up for vote Tuesday

Luzerne County Second Amendment sanctuary designation up for vote Tuesday

Luzerne County Courthouse File photo Council will vote on designation Tuesday Haas Luzerne County Council is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment “sanctuary.” What does that mean? According to the proposed resolution, council would be expressing opposition to any state or federal law that unconstitutionally restricts the right to bear arms under the state and federal constitutions. The declaration also is intended to “celebrate, promote, and preserve” the right to bear arms for people “of, on and in” the county.” It also petitions state legislators to declare Pennsylvania a Second Amendment sanctuary. County Councilman Harry Haas presented the resolution at a recent council work session, saying the idea came from elected officials in Butler Township. Haas and the other council members on the council legislative committee he chairs — Walter Griffith and Stephen J. Urban — revised the proposal based largely on one adopted in another Pennsylvania county and agreed to forward it to the full council for its consideration. Haas told his colleagues he has received many calls from residents voicing their support for the resolution. Councilwoman Linda McClosky Houck took issue with wording in the original resolution draft that said people are “striving to deprive the citizens of this great nation and of this Commonwealth of their God-given right to keep and bear arms.” “I’m going to tell you, I spend a lot of time in church, and I don’t remember anything in the bible that says thou shall have […]

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