These Iowa counties voted to become ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries.’ Here’s what that means.

These Iowa counties voted to become 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.' Here's what that means.

Two Iowa counties have declared themselves "Second Amendment sanctuaries," laying down a marker against gun laws that they believe violate the Constitution. Supporters and legal experts agree the resolutions in Jasper and Hardin counties are largely symbolic. They come as Iowa has taken steps to loosen gun regulations at the state level and as Republicans fear President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress could pass laws more tightly regulating gun sales and ownership . The Jasper County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass its resolution on July 13, becoming the first in Iowa to do so. It was followed the next day by the Hardin County Board of Supervisors. Both boards are made up entirely of Republicans. Other counties may follow. In Madison County, the sheriff and county attorney, both Republicans, have called on the board of supervisors to pass a similar resolution. Cedar County’s sheriff has said that county is considering one. And the sponsors of the Jasper and Hardin County measures said elected officials in other counties have reached out to them with questions. "Life is good. God is good. Hardin County is great," Hardin County Supervisor BJ Hoffman told the Iowa Firearms Coalition Wednesday following his vote. At least 1,200 local governments around the country have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, according to the Associated Press . More: New Iowa gun law allowing permitless handgun carry, purchase took effect July 1. Here’s what changes Supervisors in Jasper and Hardin counties did not respond to messages […]

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