Powers asks commissioners to defend Second Amendment

Powers asks commissioners to defend Second Amendment

Andrew Grimm MAKING THE CASE — Bill Powers, owner of a gun shop in Steubenville, signed up to participate in Thursday’s meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners about the desire for the county to be a Second Amendment sanctuary.” Powers provided the commissioners with examples of resolutions from other counties and states as well as a list of signatures on a petition and additional information. Several members of the audience, said to be from across the county, accompanied Powers. STEUBENVILLE — The way Bill Powers sees it, defending the Second Amendment starts locally. He made that case before the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Thursday, asking the commissioners to consider declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary in response to what he detailed as the left infringing upon the right to gun ownership. “We’re here representing over 500 residents of Jefferson County in a matter we believe is pivotal not only to us, but the future of our children, our grandchildren, our county, our state and our great country,” Powers said, citing a petition signed by county residents. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Powers, a former police officer, firearms instructor and owner of Powers Defensive Tactics gun shop on Sunset Boulevard, pointed out that there is similar language in Ohio’s state Constitution. He said proposed bans on “assault weapons,” a term commonly associated with the Armalite (AR) platform semiautomatic rifle, […]

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