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Petition: Make Nash a gun rights sanctuary

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BAILEY — A local elected official is asking folks to sign an online petition to declare Nash County a Second Amendment sanctuary.

Bailey Commissioner Joel Killion started the petition on Change.org, asking Nash County commissioners to make the declaration.

“Second Amendment sanctuary counties have taken over Virginia and are quickly spreading throughout America to inform the state and federal governments that ‘We the People’ in the counties, where the people’s governments are closest to the people and reflect our interests most, are committed to the Second Amendment over any regulations they may dictate. It essentially puts them on notice not to tread on us,” Killion said, explaining the need for the petition.

Killion said several Nash County residents wrote the petition and he isn’t the group’s spokesman.

As of Sunday, the petition was more than halfway to its 1,000-signature goal.

“This petition is a request by “We the People” of our county commissioners to pass a resolution to make Nash County, N.C., a Second Amendment Sanctuary,” the petition reads. “Thereby publicly and formally affirming the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution regardless of what happens on the state or federal levels.”

With the majority of neighboring Virginia’s 95 counties quickly declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, many North Carolina counties are following suit.

The first known official declaration of a Second Amendment sanctuary was on May 21, 2013, when the Board of Commissioners in Carroll County, Maryland, became the first known body to explicitly use the term “sanctuary” in its resolution prohibiting county employees from enforcing certain state gun control laws.

The movement, which has been successful in the western portion of the country, didn’t gain traction in the east until the last two years when Virginia’s legislature and governor’s office were both won by the Democrats who favor tighter gun restrictions, raising fears among gun owners and enthusiasts that more restrictive gun bills may be forthcoming.

Last week, Virginia Democrats pushed through a sweeping package of gun restrictions including limiting handgun purchases to one each month, requiring background checks for all firearms sales and transfers and imposing a “red flag” law, which allows the confiscation of guns from people deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others.

Last month, the Virginia Senate, split largely along party lines, approved four gun law reforms, including limiting handgun purchases, allowing municipalities to ban guns in certain public areas and expanding background checks, giving the movement even more steam as gun rights and constitutional activists around the nation began demanding their county governments join the growing list of Second Amendment sanctuaries.

To read the Change.org petition for Nash County, use the shortened link https://bit.ly/31kBnmP.