5 Charlotte-Area Counties Will Be Voting Tonight To Become Gun Sanctuaries

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Just one day after thousands of 2nd Amendment supporters flocked to Richmond, Virginia to protest proposed new gun laws, County Commissioners in 5 counties in the Charlotte region are preparing to hear public comments and vote on “2nd Amendment Sanctuary” resolutions tonight.

The Charlotte-area counties that will be voting tonight include; Iredell, Union, Stanly, Cabarrus, and Catawba.

The term “2nd Amendment sanctuary” was borrowed from the “sanctuary city” concept, which seeks to shield local communities from increased federal immigration laws and policies which they may believe to be unconstitutional or unjust.

Bryan Kibler, the state’s attorney in Effingham County in Illinois is thought to have first applied the ‘sanctuary’ term to the gun debate. “We’re just stealing the language that sanctuary cities use,” he commented to The Associated Press back in 2018.

2nd Amendment sanctuary resolutions are now being passed in an attempt to block any future state or federal gun laws perceived to violate the 2nd Amendment. Many of the resolutions are currently attempting to block red flag laws, universal gun background checks, and bans on assault-style weapons.

Here in North Carolina, just over half of our counties have either begun discussing the new resolutions or have already passed them;

Here is the status of all of the counties who have currently passed resolutions or will be voting on them in the near future;

NC Counties who have already passed the 2nd Amendment Resolution:

  • Cherokee County – passed resolution March 5th, 2019
  • Rutherford County – passed resolution July 1st, 2019
  • Clay County – passed resolution November 26th, 2019
  • Cleveland County – passed resolution December 3rd, 2019
  • Surry County – passed resolution January 6th, 2020
  • Lincoln County – passed resolution January 6th, 2020
  • Wikes County – passed resolution January 7th, 2020
  • Stokes County – passed resolution January 13th, 2020
  • Rowan County – passed resolution January 13th, 2020
  • McDowell County – passed resolution January 13th, 2020
  • Davidson County – passed resolution January 14th, 2020
  • Beaufort County – passed resolution January 14th, 2020
  • Pitt County – passed a more general resolution February 4, 2013

Municipalities Having a Hearing or Confirmed To Be Voting Tonight: 

  • Iredell County – voting January 21st
  • Union County – meeting or voting January 21st
  • Stanly County – voting January 21st, 6:00 pm at the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Stanly County Commons
  • Cabarrus County – citizens demanding action at meeting on January 21st at Cabarrus Gov’t Center at 6:30pm
  • Catawba County voting January 21st at the Newton Courthouse, at 7:00 pm
  • Ashe County – voting January 21st on the 3rd floor of the Ashe County Courthouse, beginning at 9:00 am
  • Currituck County – voting January 21st
  • Haywood County – meeting or voting January 21st at 5:30 pm

In the Next 30 Days:

  • Alexander County – voting February 3rd
  • Randolph County – voting February 3rd
  • Gaston County – voting January 28th
  • Alexander County – meeting or voting February 3rd
  • Caldwell County – meeting or voting February 3rd
  • Rockingham County – meeting or voting February 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Commissioners Chambers, Governmental Center, 371 NC Highway 65 in Wentworth
  • Macon County – voting February 10th
  • Davie County – voting February 3rd at 6:00 pm

What are your thoughts on the new ‘2nd Amendment sanctuary’ resolutions? 

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