Towns County becomes a Second Amendment Sanctuary

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HIAWASSEE, Ga – Towns County Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw and Sheriff Kenneth Henderson presented and signed a pro-Second Amendment (2A) resolution during the February commission meeting.

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement patterned itself after the Sanctuary Cities for refugees. The first credited use of a gun sanctuary was in Effingham County, Illinois. The measures commonly reject the enforcement of federal or state gun laws and target regulations like red flag laws, universal gun background checks, and bans on assault-style weapons.

“I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, Bradshaw explained. He quoted President Ronald Reagan (R – CA) who also opposed gun control.

Once the sheriff’s race heated up, the commissioner wanted to wait on the resolution until he knew he had the sheriff’s support. Henderson approached Bradshaw about a Second Amendment Sanctuary measure first and reviewed what Bradshaw already wrote.

Copy of the Second Amendment Resolution

Copy of the Second Amendment Resolution

“I just can’t explain how honored and humbled I am to serve the people of Towns County as your sheriff. I’m going to work very hard every day to do the best job I possibly can,” Henderson stated. “I want to say thank you commissioner for this document. As he said, we took an oath to uphold the Constitution. I as your sheriff will never ever support anything that infringes on your right to bear arms.”

Several sheriffs in 2A counties have declared they would not enforce any gun law that they deemed unconstitutional.

The Second Amendment resolution states that its “under full assault and the threat to the framework for our basic freedoms and democracy constitutes a clear and present danger.”

SB 281 received special mention as a piece of legislation from the 2019-2020 General Assembly that infringed upon the right to keep and bear arms.

The resolution also affirms that Towns County citizens expect their “GOD given rights” to be protected and defended against tyranny, and the commissioner and sheriff will do their part to prohibit any unconstitutional law.

Many few the Second Amendment Sanctuary measures as a largely symbolic effort and not legally binding. Many state constitutions outline how local ordinances can’t conflict with federal or state law.

Pro-Second supporters believe having these resolutions on the books provides a chance for the issue to play out in court.

43 counties in Georgia have passed gun sanctuary resolutions.

1 Comment

  1. Gene Ralno February 19, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Seems the best part of America’s population has had it with the democrat insistence on redistributing wealth from those who earned it to those who did not. Democrats know the path to seizing control of America’s wealth first requires control of American arms. It also seems democrats have forced conservatives to an inevitable catastrophic brink. Consequently, conservatives are mobilizing in historic numbers.

    None of this sanctuary activity should be necessary because the U.S. already is a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary nation. Democrats ignore that clearly stated fact in the Constitution because it conflicts with their disarmament goal. Only one sentence was necessary to create this colossal sanctuary in 1787 and it’s just as clear today. It will not be repealed simply because democrats don’t like it.

    If democrat cities and states are permitted to offer sanctuary to vile criminal aliens and criminalize enforcement of immigration law, conservative counties and states must be permitted to function as sanctuaries for anyone operating within existing law. American businessmen, workers, schoolchildren and the Bill of Rights itself are entitled to sanctuary from action by illegitimate executive power.

    The heart of this problem is red flag laws contemptuously violate the constitutional guarantee to due process. Under these laws, individuals are allowed to meet with judges ex parte to accuse and discuss behavior of their relatives, students, neighbors, patients, employees, etc. Judges simply sign warrants to start long term nightmares for arms owners.

    Clearly these laws have triggered the national movement for 2nd Amendment Sanctuary counties. And we’ve already witnessed a sea change in the sanctuary movement. I’ve always believed these partisan and unconstitutional laws could be defeated by simply denying assistance to federal or state law enforcement.

    The obvious reason is federal and state resources alone are woefully inadequate to enforce such things as magazine size or storage violations and could not begin to undertake such efforts without local law enforcement assistance. If deputizing hundreds of thousands to actively resist federal and state efforts should happen, it would be a single issue revolt which could rapidly expand.

    Approximately 1,265 counties already have proclaimed sanctuary status and almost 70 percent of the counties nationwide are projected to declare allegiance to the Constitution and refusal to enforce laws that violate it. That would comprise 472 counties with only one murder per year plus 1,700 counties that have no murders at all. If that materializes, a desirable result would force federal and state enforcement to concentrate on the 63 counties (2% of the total) where half of America’s murders occur.

    Ironically, big media say this is similar to illegal alien sanctuary but that’s misleading. Second Amendment sanctuary opposes government that prosecutes citizens. Illegal alien sanctuary opposes government that supports non-citizens violating immigration laws. Those who support illegal alien sanctuary are complicit in violating the law and should be prosecuted for it.

    Ironically, both indicate governments that are hostile to peaceable lawful citizens who elected them and law enforcement hired to keep the peace. Somehow, democrats have convinced sufficient numbers into believing the government can do no wrong. The root of the problem? Democrat propaganda, perhaps with a little help from public schools.

    Governors should be careful what they wish for because outlying counties are not without strengths. Within 2nd Amendment sanctuary lines, we should find states with few electors. Their strength will naturally ally with sparsely populated counties in other states with many electors.

    They’re the counties that control all the food and water, wood products, oil and gas, wind turbines, hydroelectric power, minerals, highways, bridges, utility easements, access to most of the lakes, national and state parks, most natural resources and countless other life sustaining necessities.

    They’re much more likely to be armed and far less likely to surrender to the likes of any state or federal government official. They’re also more willing and able to survive deprivation of food, water, fuel and power. Perhaps most importantly, they have sheriffs who enforce laws within vast expanses of land and access to it. All these people are far more willing to fight for the constitutional republic rather than surrender it to democrat domination.

    Regarding other political forces, President James Madison said: “…local or municipal authorities form distinct and independent portions of the supremacy, no more subject, within their respective spheres, to the general authority than the general authority is subject to them, within its own sphere.” (Federalist 39)

    “There is no lawful authority for judges or a court to direct the law enforcement activities of a county sheriff. He’s not a part of the judiciary, and holds executive power and can set up a court, empanel a jury, and form a militia or posse to protect the rights of those he represents.”

    In other words, county sheriffs have the constitutional authority and duty to protect the citizens, by force if necessary, even if it means authorizing a militia. John Adams said, “You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.” No mere governor may revoke them.

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