Voters to Decide if Blair Co., Municipalities Become a Second Amendment Sanctuary

Voters to Decide if Blair Co., Municipalities Become a Second Amendment Sanctuary

Candidates are not the only thing Blair County voters will see on their ballots Tuesday. Thanks to a concerted effort from Blair County’s Tea Party, two referendums to make Blair County and its 24 municipalities a second amendment sanctuary will be on the ballot, one that covers the entire county and one specific to each municipality. Rhonda Holland, president of the Blair County Tea Party, said the second amendment, which guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms, is under attack and that if people don’t act, government will take more control. “Certain members of congress admit they would take our guns if they could,” Holland said earlier this year. “It’s frightening how little they understand about guns.” If passed, the amendments will mean that government cannot seize legally owned guns or use tax dollars to seize legal firearms from Blair County residents. The push for second amendment sanctuary status began with a drive to collect enough signatures to get on this Tuesday’s ballot, leaving its fate up to Blair County voters. Holland said they chose to have the referendums on the ballot instead of having the Blair County Commissioners and each municipal governing board vote on it because it gives the citizens the opportunity to decide. “By putting it to the voters, the basics of democracy, they are going to decide this issue,” she said. Holland said having the referendums on each municipal ballot and not just a county referendum eliminates the possibility of a larger city […]

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