Washington Township declares Second Amendment sanctuary status

Washington Township declares Second Amendment sanctuary status

Apr. 1—PINE GROVE — The Washington Township Board of Supervisors have adopted a resolution declaring the township a Second Amendment sanctuary. Township Manager Dawn Koch explained that unlike an ordinance, the resolution simply states the township’s stance on any future restrictions or laws regarding firearms. "An ordinance is local law and we don’t have a police department to uphold that law," she said. "The resolution is simply stating the township’s position." The resolution adopted March 15 says the supervisors will not allocate taxpayer money in enforcing restrictions on gun laws. "The Washington Township Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its intent that public funds of the township not to be used to restrict the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Washington Township, Schuylkill County, or to aid federal or state agencies in the restriction of said rights," the resolution reads. Koch said the matter was brought before the board after it became a topic at Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors meetings. "I brought it up to the board and they agreed," she said. As far as future federal or state restrictions dealing with firearms, Koch said the township stands by the rights given to people under the Second Amendment. "This township will uphold the Constitution’s gun laws," she said. Although the township cannot legally fight changes to laws governing firearms, the resolution means the township may or may not agree with any changes in law affecting the Second Amendment. The resolution was approved by supervisors Chairman Leon Lutz, […]

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