• Nothing Gun Owners Can Do? What About the ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ Movement?

    Surge Summary: As extreme gun-controllers continue to take steps nationally and state-by-state to restrict Second Amendment rights, localities are pushing back – with the Second Amendment sanctuary movement, for instance. There is something those who value the Constitution can do.

    I’m slow, but I eventually put the pieces together. The bad news is that more state governments are infringing on our rights. The good news is that local governments stood up to protect us. We are seeing a large and growing movement across the country where local governments stand up to protect our right of self-defense. We have well established second-amendment sanctuary counties in Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, and Washington. We’re seeing a new bloom of them in other states. The growth is so rapid, that I know the graphic is out of date.

    Second Amendment Sanctuaries

    The second-amendment sanctuary movement started years ago. I remember when counties in Colorado said they would not enforce the recently passed magazine capacity limits. There were many downstate counties in Illinois who told the Chicago-controlled legislature that they would ‘keep their guns, thank you’. Counties in New York passed second-amendment sanctuary bills after the infamous New York SAFE Act was passed in the middle of the night.

    The sanctuary movement accelerated when New Mexico politicians promised to pass anti-gun legislation. The vast majority of New Mexico counties responded with second-amendment sanctuary legislation of their own.

    The anti-gun politicians in Florida proposed a raft of gun-control after the attack at a Florida high school. Several Florida counties said they would protect their children with guns, and without the help of Tallahassee. Most recently, the governors of Virginia and Texas proposed sweeping gun control. Many counties replied with, “Come and Take It”

    The states without sanctuary bills fall into two widely separated camps. They are the extreme anti-rights states like New Jersey, and the pro-rights states like Utah. Some see no hope, and some see no need.

    Proposals for mandatory confiscation and taxes on guns and ammunition accelerated the sanctuary movement into high gear. This finally became personal for many gun owners. Gun owners went to a local meeting to let their voice be heard. The pro-rights organization Gun Owners of America provided model legislation for sanctuary counties, and that helped.

    Sanctuary bills are re-writing the map in states where “There is nothing we can do to stop the gun-grabbers in the capital.” It turns out that there is a lot we can do, and you are doing it.

    Look at the model legislation, and send a copy to your local representatives and your local gun club.

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    I’ll update this list as I learn more. RM

    Alabama
    Alaska state wide
    Arizona several
    Arkansas
    California some
    Colorado many
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Florida several
    Georgia
    Hawaii
    Idaho state wide
    Illinois over half the counties
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Kansas state wide
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Maine
    Maryland several
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana 2A sanctuary state
    Nebraska
    Nevada several counties
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico 52 out of 62 counties
    New York one
    North Carolina  now two
    North Dakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon 13 of 36 counties
    Pennsylvania some
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee several
    Texas several
    Utah
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Washington several
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin some
    Wyoming state wide

    Sources
    https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2019/11/21/a-first-hand-look-at-the-second-amendment-sanctuary-phenomenon/
    Tennessee “https://www.wbir.com/search?q=second%20amendment%20sanctuary
    https://video.foxnews.com/v/6100994077001/#sp=show-clips
    https://www.theorganicprepper.com/second-amendment-sanctuaries/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Amendment_sanctuary
    https://www.ammoland.com/2019/03/second-amendment-sanctuary-counties-protect-citizens-from-gun-control/#axzz65vS0CAOf
    https://www.ammoland.com/2019/11/virginia-is-now-in-the-path-of-second-amendment-sanctuary-tsunami/#axzz65whg6hiU
    https://www.virginiamercury.com/2019/11/20/were-going-to-have-to-defend-ourselves-after-democratic-victories-rural-virginia-counties-rush-to-declare-themselves-gun-sanctuaries/
    https://www.godanriver.com/news/local/with-cheers-from-crowd-pittsylvania-county-supervisors-officially-back-gun/article_ee7fdd37-5776-57e9-a845-4c3d86af9a40.html
    http://gunrightswatch.com/news/2019/11/17/tennessee/that-east-tennessee-2a-sanctuary-movement-it-s-spreading-west./
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/11/24/virginia-sheriff-will-not-enforce-unconstitutional-gun-laws/

    Originally posted here.

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    Images: Creative Commons; CC by 2.o; https://www.flickr.com/photos/fibonacciblue/40866721365

    Map: By Terrorist96 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77366492


    Rob Morse

    Rob Morse

    Rob Morse works and writes in Southwest Louisiana. He writes at Ammoland, at his Slowfacts blog, Clash Daily and Daily Surge. Rob co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast, and hosts the Self-Defense Gun Stories Podcast each week.

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