Second Amendment Sanctuary movement gains traction in NKY, but does it have legal weight?

Second Amendment Sanctuary movement gains traction in NKY, but does it have legal weight?

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BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (WKRC) – Next week, Boone County commissioners will vote to make the county a "Second Amendment Sanctuary." While the movement is gaining steam across the country, constitutional law experts say the resolutions may have no legal weight. Boone County is expected to become the second Northern Kentucky county to adopt a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution. All three county commissioners tell Local 12 they support the movement which says counties will protect the right to bear arms even if state or federal laws infringe upon that right. “I think us making a statement that we’re going to save those rights, we’re going to preserve those precious rights is very important and I hope it catches on with the rest of the state and the rest of the country," said Jesse Brewer, a Boone County commissioner. But that’s all these resolutions may only be—statements. “It’s more symbolic than legal,” said Ken Katkin, a law professor at Northern Kentucky University. “It doesn’t mean anything legally. But it does mean those counties are announcing that gun control laws are not going to be their enforcement priorities." Katkin points out Kentucky state law already says the state reserves the right to regulate firearms — not local governments. “The state law was enacted for the purpose of stopping cities from adopting their own gun control ordinances, but it was also to stop these kind of sanctuary ordinances from having any legal effect,” said Katkin. The Second Amendment sanctuary movement started in Virginia […]

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