Pro-gun Iowans say 2nd Amendment sanctuaries can keep rights from being ‘chipped away at’

Pro-gun Iowans say 2nd Amendment sanctuaries can keep rights from being 'chipped away at'

So far, two Iowa counties have passed resolutions saying county employees can’t enforce state or federal laws infringing on a person’s 2nd Amendment rights. JOHNSTON, Iowa — At CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Ethan Settle takes pride in educating people on how to safely use firearms. "My absolute favorite customer to deal with is that first-time gun owner," Settle said. "And we can talk them through the process of owning that." The store manager also says employees help educate patrons about their Second Amendment rights. "We try to take a whole approach to firearms ownership, so you do it responsibly, safely, have fun, but know what your rights and your political duties constitutionally are," Settle said. Nowadays, the conversations behind the counter at CrossRoads have included the topic of several Iowa counties’ move to become 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries. Recently, both Jasper and Hardin counties signed resolutions to oppose "any legislation that would infringe upon the constitutional right of the people…to keep and bear arms." That means county employees cannot enforce state or federal laws infringing on a person’s Second Amendment rights, but it only applies to future laws–not existing ones. As several other counties, including Madison, look to sign similar resolutions, Settle applauds Iowans who have spoken directly to their counties’ boards of supervisors to advocate for them. "The issue of sanctuary counties has been around for a number of years now and it’s really picked up speed since the November election, and just a lot about people being […]

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