County OKs 2nd Amendment resolution

Published 9:21 am Thursday, February 6, 2020

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Before a packed house, county commissioners on Monday evening unanimously adopted a resolution declaring Davie County a “Constitutional Rights Protection County.”

Commissioner Mark Jones, who helped write the resolution, thanked the people for “standing up for your God-given rights.”

He said that Davie looked at other “Second Amendment” resolutions, and decided to take it a step further.

“We have the Second Amendment, but the very week we begin to put this resolution together, there are a group of people in Raleigh, including our governor, who began to call for red flag laws in North Carolina.

“Several actions are taking place in Virginia, but we cannot become apathetic to the fact that they could happen in North Carolina, too. We’re all here to stand together. I’ll tell you, the 10th Amendment has been thrown out the window too, guys,” also mentioning the Second and 14th Amendments.

“It’s folks standing like you’re standing tonight that makes this such a great county to live in, a great county to raise children in,” Jones said.

All other commissioners said they agreed with Jones’ statements.

“Well put, Mark,” said Richard Poindexter.
“A lot of counties passed Second Amendment resolutions. Davie County wanted more than just that.”

“This is a a very important piece our founding fathers set for our country,” said James Blakley.

“Any time we have a chance, it’s our duty to protect the Constitution. It’s to be expected. It’s not negotiable,” said board chair, Terry Renegar.

The resolution quotes the Second Amendment at times, guaranteeing “The right of the people to keep and bear arms … not to be infringed upon.” It quotes the 10th Amendment, which states powers not granted the federal government by the Constitution belong to the states or the people.

The North Carolina Constitution also gives residents the right to keep and bear arms.

“Any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms and associated rights that violates the Second, Ninth, Tenth and Fourteenth amendments … and/or numerous related United States Supreme Court decisions that upheld an individual’s right to keep and bear arms when federal, state and local laws have sought to restrict this right; shall be regarded by the people of, on, or in Davie County to be unconstitutional,” the resolution reads.

“Davie County wishes to express its deep commitment to the rights of all citizens of Davie County to keep and bear arms … and the criminal misuse of firearms is not a reason to infringe the rights of law abiding citizens of Davie County.”

The resolution further states that the board of commissioners and sheriff will not assist in any unconstitutional infringement of such rights.

The resolution resolved that “Davie County government intends to uphold and prevent any restriction of all constitutional rights of our citizens, including but not limited to, the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.”