WC declared “Second Amendment Sanctuary”

WC declared “Second Amendment Sanctuary”

If you go: Dates to remember: ¯ Regular county commission meeting, 9 a.m. Thursday, 1115 Gilman Ave. ¯ Viewing to vacate Bartlett Street, 10:30 a.m. May 6, intersection of South Street and Ohio 555. Source: Washington County Commission Clerk. It was standing room only at Thursday’s Washington County Commission meeting as the board declared the county a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” Commissioner Jamie Booth read the resolution, which states in part that the board has “all taken such oaths and are obligated to support the Constitution of the United States, including the Second Amendment. And whereas, the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County does not have unlimited authority, but only the authority granted to it by the Ohio legislature.” He said the resolution was an effort to protect the county’s citizens. Commission President Kevin Ritter was on the board when the resolution first was proposed and opposed it at the time. “While I’m a supporter of the Second Amendment and a concealed carry holder, I opposed passing a resolution at that time,” said Ritter. “My reasoning was this … as Americans, we already enjoy a constitutional right to keep and bear arms. That right is reaffirmed in the Ohio Constitution. As such, I saw a local resolution as redundant.” He said the board lacks the power to legislate, so any resolution the board passed would be symbolic, but he said times have changed. “The present occupant of the White House said repeatedly during his campaign that if elected, he […]

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