Wayne residents request Second Amendment sanctuary

Wayne residents request Second Amendment sanctuary

HONESDALE, PA — Two Wayne County residents attended the Wayne County Commissioners’ March 25 meeting requesting—on behalf of some 900 others who had signed a petition—that the commissioners declare the county a “sanctuary” for Second Amendment rights, “regardless of state and federal infringements that are happening as we speak.” “We’re really just asking to affirm a right that, honestly, is a right by natural law,” resident Brett Corbett said. “Our founding fathers affirmed it, but honestly, it’s a right that no one can take away.” Resident James Sellers said that, so far, 17 other counties in the commonwealth have adopted this type of resolution and many more have them on their agendas. Chairman Brian Smith said, however, that Wayne will not be joining them. “We’ve done a great deal of thinking on this and we’ve done a great deal of investigation about this… I would be leading you astray if I didn’t fully disclose to you that our position here is administrative, not legislative. I firmly believe all the things that you’re talking about, but for us to try to legislate from a position that’s not a legislative position is just giving you lip service,” Smith said, who made clear that he was sympathetic to their cause. “I am very, very in favor of the Second Amendment… every time I talk to my children and grandchildren I tell them how important it is to retain the right to bear arms. I probably go further than most people,” he added […]

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