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The Moore County Board of Commissioners considered a resolution bolstering support for the Second Amendment. Under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, people have the right to keep and bear arms free from government infringement.

An argument supporting the resolution was presented before a large crowd at the board’s Tuesday, February 18 regular meeting. Overall, 16 people who were behind the move, spoke, while eight others, against the resolution, also discussed their views.

The board unanimously adopted the resolution, which stresses a continued commitment to the Second Amendment and a pledge by the county to “use every authority and power” to defend and protect citizens’ rights to bear arms.

Entitled, “Resolution Declaring Support For The Second Amendment To The United States Constitution,” the resolution cites Marbury v, Madison (1803), the landmark U.S. case saying “an act of the legislature, repugnant to the Constitution, is void.”

The proposal also referred to a second federal case, District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), where the U.S. Supreme Court said the purpose of the Second Amendment is to preserve and protect “an individual right to bear arms for defensive purposes,” with no connection to service in a militia.

Proponents of the resolution argued the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is “under threat from elected and unelected officials from all levels of government” and that members of the Moore County Board of Commissioners have all “taken an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States.”

With adoption of the resolution, “the Moore County Board of Commissioners, working with Sheriff Ronnie Fields and the Moore County Sheriff’s Office,” will, according to its authority, “respect, protect, and defend the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Moore County, and the Board will oppose,” according to the U.S. Constitution and laws of North Carolina, “any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights.”

The board’s next regular meeting takes place March 3.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Dave Lukow.


Feature photo of the Board of Commissioners via Moore County.

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