Gun Right ‘Sanctuary Counties’ Springing up All Over America

Although table-hopping 2020 presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke, has dropped out of the Democratic primaries his threat to our Second Amendment lingers on.

The anti-gun extremist – along with many 2020 hopefuls – made it clear to freedom-loving Americans that our Second Amendment was under siege.

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Who can forget his appearance on the debate stage on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston when the former congressman from El Pasco proclaimed if elected, he would implement a sweeping ban on “assault weapons” coupled with what he terms “mandatory buybacks.”

When asked to clarify his statement regarding “mandatory buybacks” if that meant he would confiscate guns, O’Rourke without a moment of hesitation declared, “Hell, yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

That unequivocal threat, no doubt resonated across the country. Many counties across America have begun putting into local resolutions proclaiming their community a Second Amendment Sanctuary county.

The most recent are two counties within the “Sunshine State.”

On November 5th, Lake County Florida became the first Florida jurisdiction to declare itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

Lake County is a little over a thousand square miles and a population of over 346,000 residents.  It has just 4 county commissioners, all of whom voted for the resolution with the full backing of Sheriff Peyton Grinnell.

“There have been very terrible crimes that have been committed by very terrible people, as we’re all aware. I think it’s kind of compounded the tragedy that many of these crimes have taken place in gun-free zones where people were not legally allowed or able to defend themselves with force…

“Unfortunately, one of the primary reactions nationally to these criminal acts has been to penalize law-abiding citizens who make up the vast majority of gun owners in this country. 

Sheriff Peyton Grinnell continued, “This draws a line in the sand. It doesn’t mince words, and I hope it sends a message to what can best be described as the authoritarian control freaks.”

Adding, “This is a national movement. We’ll be the first county in Florida to do this but this is not new. This has been happening the last couple years as a response to these attempted overreaches by the government. Many Americans have been absolutely shocked to hear recent pronouncements by prominent national candidates who are vying for the presidency of the United States threatening and even outright calling for national gun bans of some of the most popular and commonly owned rifles in this county.”

In New Mexico, roughly two-thirds of the 33- counties in the state have passed Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions.

Sheriff Tony Mace of the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association said 29 county sheriffs were in favor of passing Second Amendment sanctuary city resolutions, only three counties did not support the resolution, they were, Bernalillo County, Dona Ana County, and Santa Fe County.

In Tennessee, two additional counties Jefferson and Sevier Counties are now considered “gun sanctuaries,” joining Monroe, Blount and Loudon Counties who previously passed similar resolutions.

Constitutional law professor Stewart Harris, speaking on local affiliate 10News WETS-FM, acknowledged that designating a community a sanctuary county or city, is purely a political statement rather than a constitutional reality, in that the Framers had already within our Founding documents, proclaimed our right to bear arms.

Professor Harris said the number of counties and even towns making the move to become gun sanctuaries has picked up traction in the last couple of years.

Adding, “They will decide they are concerned about gun control laws being imposed by some other jurisdiction.”


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