Petition Urges County to Pass Second Amendment Proclamation

Petition Urges County to Pass Second Amendment Proclamation

Commissioners: At Least Five Local Cities Have Already Passed Similar Measures FILE PHOTO — Lewis County Commissioners talk during a public hearing in Chehalis earlier this year. Lewis County is inching toward becoming a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” joining a growing number of jurisdictions trying to fend off potential firearm restrictions with non-binding declarations. And if Lewis County commissioners do go forward with what would be a symbolic resolution, it would fall in line with at least five local cities. Winlock, Morton, Mossyrock, Toledo and Napavine have all passed their own local Second Amendment proclamations. Those proclamations popped up from 2019 to 2020, all resembling similar sanctuary-type resolutions across the nation. The goal is to subvert what some see as unconstitutional restrictions and lend support to law enforcement agencies or elected officials who might refuse to enforce them. On June 24, 2019, the City of Morton passed its own resolution, which was presented by Police Chief Roger Morningstar, according to public records. The resolution came after Morningstar publicly announced he wouldn’t “actively seek out” violators of I-1639, the voter-approved initiative that raised the legal purchase age for semi-automatic rifles, along with other restrictions. According to the document, Morton “will not assist, support or condone any unconstitutional infringement” of the Second Amendment. “Furthermore, the City of Morton recognizes that the first and last protectors of the United States Constitution are the people of the United States,” it reads. This week, Morningstar attended a county meeting where commissioners once again discussed the […]

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