FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Iredell County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing next week to allow the public to weigh in on a resolution declaring Iredell a “Constitutional Rights Protection County.”
“It is the intent and desire of the Board of Commissioners that this action will be seen as a measure to formally assure our citizens that the protection of their constitutional rights is of utmost importance,” County Manager Beth Jones said in a news release.
The public hearing will be held during the Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, at the Iredell County Government Center in Statesville.
During the board’s meeting earlier this month, Sheriff Darren Campbell asked commissioners to pass a resolution designating Iredell as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” as several other counties in North Carolina have done in response to gun control legislation proposed in Virginia.
The resolution under consideration by commissioners vows the county will oppose “any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights, and using the legal means at its disposal to defend and protect the rights of the citizens, including the second amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Jones explained in the news release.
RESOLUTION OF THE IREDELL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS IN SUPPORT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND DECLARING IREDELL COUNTY AS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS PROTECTION COUNTY
WHEREAS, the elected officials of Iredell County are sworn to support and maintain the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of North Carolina, and as such, the Board of Commissioners offers forth this resolution as an action to ensure the constitutional rights of the citizens of Iredell County are protected; and
WHEREAS, the Commissioners recognize the Constitution of the United States as the supreme law of our nation; and
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”; and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States has held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, regardless of whether that person is or is not affiliated with service in the militia, and the individual’s right to use that firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, including as self-defense in their home; and
WHEREAS, the criminal misuse of firearms is not a reason to infringe the rights of law-abiding citizens of Iredell County; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the oaths taken, the Commissioners wish to express their deep commitment to protecting all constitutional rights of the citizens of Iredell County and oppose any law, regulation or other act that would unconstitutionally infringe on the rights of the law-abiding citizens of Iredell County; and
WHEREAS, the Commissioners, together with the Sheriff and deputies of Iredell County, are concerned about the passage of any bill or legislation which could be interpreted as infringing the rights of the citizens of Iredell County to keep and bear arms or which may unduly restrict their right to the same.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Commissioners declare Iredell County a “Constitutional Rights Protection County” and as such, the Commissioners hereby express their intent to use all power and authority at their disposal to uphold the constitutional rights of the citizens of Iredell County; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Commissioners, with the full support of the Sheriff of Iredell County, urge the North Carolina General Assembly and Congress of the United States to use all power and authority to protect our citizens’ freedoms and rights pursuant to the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
Adopted this the 4th day of February, 2020.
James B. Mallory III, Chairman
Iredell County Board of Commissioners
Amy B. Anderson
Clerk to the Board of Commissioners