Washington County declared Second Amendment sanctuary

Washington County declared Second Amendment sanctuary

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesda unanimously declared the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. Pictured from left are Commissioners Randy Wagner and Cort Meinelschmidt; Hafer’s Gunsmithing co-owners Tim and Rebecca Hafer; Commissioners President Jeff Cline, Vice President Terry Baker, Commissioner Wayne Keefer and Sheriff Doug Mullendore. Sheriff Doug Mullendore also signed the resolution on Tuesday, saying in a phone interview afterward that he views the move as "symbolic," but that "we would certainly testify against any bill that would try to take away the Second Amendment." Whether he would support or oppose proposed state gun legislation would depend on the bill, Mullendore said. Mullendore said he was opposed to a proposed bill during the last two state legislative sessions that would have required shotguns and rifles to be registered, including those already owned, calling the measure "ridiculous." Like many counties on the Eastern Shore, Washington County is "more of a hunting and sportsmen" type of county, he said. Most of the guns the sheriff’s office takes off the street are either stolen or weren’t bought by the individual who possessed the weapon, he said. "It’s not the guns, it’s the individual we need to worry about," Mullendore said. That’s a sentiment echoed Wednesday by Commissioner Wayne Keefer, who said it’s individuals who decide to use weapons inappropriately. Keefer and Commissioners President Jeff Cline both said Wednesday they view the resolution as more than symbolic. It’s about the commissioners reenforcing their support of the Constitution and the Second […]

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