Lyon Co. Board revisits 2nd amendment sanctuary discussion

Lyon Co. Board revisits 2nd amendment sanctuary discussion

MARSHALL — Lyon County commissioners all said they supported the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But their responses were mixed over whether to declare Lyon County a “Second Amendment sanctuary.” It was a conversation the county board had once before, in March 2020, but didn’t act on. On Tuesday, commissioners revisited the idea, and heard questions and comments from members of the public. This time, they directed Lyon County Attorney Rick Maes to draft a possible sanctuary resolution or a statement of support for the Second Amendment to bring to their next meeting for further discussion. Commissioner Steve Ritter said he wanted to bring the topic of Second Amendment sanctuary counties back up for discussion based on feedback he received from Lyon County residents. “I’ve had a number of people call me about the way this country is going, with the possibility of losing Second Amendment rights,” Ritter said. One specific message that was included in the board’s agenda packet was a letter from Minneota resident Dawn Van Keulen. Van Keulen asked the commissioners and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department to consider establishing Second Amendment sanctuary status for the county. So far, 16 Minnesota counties including Wright, McLeod and Sibley counties, have already passed Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions. “I believe this proactive and protective establishment of our Second Amendment rights makes all the sense in the world in light of the recent expansion of state government powers through the use of emergency powers and executive orders,” Van Keulen […]

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