Sheriff declares county ‘2A sanctuary’

A letter to constituents from the county sheriff, declaring his jurisdiction a "Second Amendment sanctuary," is drawing praise from gun rights advocates and criticism from citizens who fear it sends the wrong message. On Monday, Jan. 25, Sheriff Jason Chennault issued the statement, which mirrors a resolution made in Sequoyah County in early 2020. “It is my intention, by making this declaration, to enforce our citizens’ right to bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Chennault wrote. Chennault said one of CCSO’s goals is to provide service and protection without infringing on the rights of those who choose to own firearms for protection or sport. “This is my way of ensuring the people of Cherokee County who decide to own firearms for personal protection and sport, that I will do everything in my power to make sure their Second Amendment rights are not violated,” said Chennault. Several local residents called the Daily Press after Chennault’s letter made the rounds on social media. City Hall also reported a number of calls from people who worried the "sanctuary" status would invite the wrong kind of people into the area – such as those who engaged in the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C. But District 27 District Attorney Jack Thorp said it’s relatively common to declare a county sanctuary, and he supports Chennault’s action. “Some counties are involving the commissioners, but the sanctuary aspect of it deals with law enforcement," Thorp said. "All he is saying […]

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