Second Amendment sanctuary: Wicomico County Council discusses ‘making a statement’

Second Amendment sanctuary: Wicomico County Council discusses 'making a statement'

Delmar Police Chief Ivan Barkley shares how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his police department — and life in general at border towns. Salisbury Daily Times SALISBURY, Md.— One item in the Wicomico County Council’s Tuesday work session triggered discussion before its meeting even began. The council’s agenda Tuesday, May 19, included Sheriff Mike Lewis presenting a possible resolution to declare Wicomico County a "Second Amendment Sanctuary." That "sanctuary" status refers to states, counties or localities in the United States adopting laws or resolutions to block enforcement of certain gun control measures. Universal gun background checks, high capacity magazine bans, assault weapon bans, red flag laws and others are just some potential measures perceived by some as Second Amendment violations. The resolution up for discussion in Wicomico County would be largely "ceremonial," according to the sheriff. Earlier meetings already included long-winded readings of public comments supporting the measure over Zoom, before the item ever reached an agenda. A petition also began circling, with over 1,600 signatures as of Tuesday morning — equal to roughly 1.5% of the county’s population. An announcement signed by community leaders pushing for postponement also came to light ahead of Tuesday. A coalition — including Mary Ashanti, president of Wicomico County NAACP Branch 7028-B, Amber Green, co-chair of Salisbury’s Lynching Memorial Task Force, Jared Schablein, chair of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus, and many others — urged the council to delay any voting on the resolution until the debate is more inclusive. The coalition issued […]

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