Ross County Commissioners asked to consider what message Second Amendment sanctuary sends

Ross County Commissioners asked to consider what message Second Amendment sanctuary sends

CHILLICOTHE — A constitutional rights group is hoping to send a clear message to state legislators by declaring Ross County a second amendment sanctuary. Yet others are questioning what message the proposed resolution will send to the community. One week ago, the Scioto Valley Constitutional Coalition returned before the Ross County Commissioners to ask them to declare the county a sanctuary for gun rights. In opposition, elected officials, religious leaders and concerned community members formed a different group. By providing personal and professional insight, they urged the commissioners to be thoughtful. "I move from Mississippi to Chillicothe 55 years ago, " said former city councilwoman Dr. Jean Kerney. "I walked into a community that was different from what I was segregated under — it was more accepting, it was moving forward. But when I hear ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ I have a perception of people driving around with guns and gun racks in the open. That brings fear." For proponents of the declaration, it represents that citizens will not tolerate gun control legislation like universal background checks, high capacity magazine bans, assault weapon bands and red flag laws. Opposing the resolution, Ross County Auditor Tom Spetngael questioned the need to protect gun rights. The proof comes with the state’s expansion of the Second Amendment and passage of the Stand Your Ground act. Spetnagel, who serves as the chair of the Ross County Democratic Party, emphasized that he wasn’t speaking on behalf of any organization because this is "not a purely […]

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