Tiverton repeals resolution supporting Second Amendment

Tiverton repeals resolution supporting Second Amendment

In the aftermath of multiple mass shootings in the United States during March, Tiverton’s Town Council has repealed a resolution that encouraged local police to use “sound discretion” in enforcing state and federal gun laws. In 2018, Rhode Island legislators passed landmark gun safety bills. The legislation included a ban on bump stock devices and a Red Flag Law, which allows police to temporarily take firearms away from people believed to be a significant danger to themselves or others. A year later, Tiverton was among ten towns that passed what are commonly called Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions, declaring the town’s “opposition to the infringement of the right to bear arms.” The resolution in Tiverton carefully avoided the term “sanctuary,” but also said the Council would not appropriate funds to build space or acquire systems for the storage of any firearms seized in enforcing laws that the Council perceived as infringing on gun rights. On Monday, Tiverton’s Town Council repealed the resolution 6-1, with the support of multiple councilors who identified themselves as current or past gun enthusiasts. Council Vice-President Mike Burk, a former member of the National Rifle Association, voted to repeal. “We are in no way attempting to control people’s rights by removing this resolution, which was a political statement at the time,” said Burk. “In my belief, we’re moving what was a political statement and bringing us back to a neutral stance.” Tiverton Police Chief Patrick Jones said the resolution has not impacted his department’s enforcement of […]

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