Commissioners will hold public hearing on resolution at Feb. 4 meeting
BY KARISSA MILLER
Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell on Tuesday asked the Iredell County Board of Commissioners to take a stand in support of the Second Amendment.
He received a standing ovation from several dozen people who attended the meeting to support the cause.
“As your elected sheriff, I cannot stress the importance of — together — taking a stance … firmly stating to the citizens of Iredell County: I resolve to protect our Constitutional rights, most specifically, the Second Amendment right to bear arms,” Campbell said.
Recent events in Virginia, where lawmakers have proposed gun legislation, have caused the sheriff and others concern that their constitutional rights are under attack, Campbell added.
The sheriff said he believes that a majority of gun owners are law-abiding citizens.
“I whole-heartedly believe that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said, referencing an incident in Texas where many lives were saved after a gunman was shot by a church member during a Sunday service.
Campbell said he’s heard from many people, who are greatly concerned that efforts in Virginia could spread to North Carolina.
“I urge you to please consider passing a resolution … that will make a historic statement,” he added.
Chairman James Mallory told audience that the board would work in conjunction with the sheriff to draft a resolution that that board could support.
Commissioners seem to prefer passing a resolution that focuses on protecting the rights of its citizens and not focus on establishing Iredell County as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” as some other North Carolina counties have done.
In earlier conversations, the board agreed to take a wait-and-see approach to adopting the resolution. However, at Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Gene Houpe announced the resolution would be added to the agenda for consideration on Feb. 4.
During that meeting, commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. and give speakers five minutes to talk. Those who wish to be heard can sign up at the meeting or contact Amy Anderson, clerk to the board, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 704-878-3058.