By: Teresa Mull
A Rhode Island lawmaker is encouraging towns in her district to declare themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries.
Republican state Sen. Elaine Morgan said Friday she's asking the five towns in her district to follow the lead of the Burrillville Town Council. The council passed a resolution stating it supports the police department's right to exercise sound discretion when enforcing Second Amendment-related laws.
According to WPRI, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo “wants a ban on guns in schools and a statewide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
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“I swore an oath when taking office to protect and uphold our Constitution from any infringements. It is with substantial consideration that I bring forth this matter of discussion based on stabilizing our jurisdictions’ ability to uphold and defend our 2nd amendment rights. An abundance of states, counties, cities, and towns across the United States have declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” which means any gun-control laws that infringe upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms will not be enforced,” said Morgan.
Morgan sent a letter to the town councils police chiefs in the five towns she represents urging them to make the declaration.
Morgan added, “Between 2014 and 2017, Rhode Island maintained a position in the top five LEAST likely states to be injured by a firearm, death resulting. Considering this movement, I humbly ask the towns of Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton, West Greenwich and Exeter for the support of our local Police Departments and Town Council members in proposing a similar resolution as that of Burrillville. It is imperative that these five historic towns, as well as our local Police Departments and Town Council members, work together in preserving and maintaining our freedom and constitutional rights. We must enforce the legislation currently on the books.”
Second Amendment Sanctuaries are a growing movement in the nation. Several towns and counties in Colorado and New Mexico have declared themselves sanctuaries, and sheriffs in these states have declared they will not enforce laws that violate the Constitution.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.