Lawrence County Passes 2A Sanctuary Resolution
The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a carefully-worded resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary in Tuesday’s meeting.
The resolution was introduced by Lawrence Township trustee Larry Pernestti last week. County Commission President DeAnna Holliday said the board sent the resolution to County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson for review and he returned an edited version that was in compliance with Ohio law.
According to Holliday, “It is always the desire of this board to abide by Ohio law, ordinances, and statutes.” She said that literally thousands of residents had requested Lawrence County adopt a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution. Typically, communities that adopt Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions pledge not to enforce laws violate the Second Amendment, though it generally isn’t made clear who determines which laws fall under that heading.
Holliday declared the resolution to be “Non-binding but hugely symbolic resolution proclaiming Lawrence County Ohio a Sanctuary for gun ownership and possession and we do take this request seriously.”
Commissioner Colton Copley said, “I’m proud to sit on the Lawrence County Commission that is protecting our citizens’ constitutional rights to bear arms.”
He also thanked Larry Pernsetti for working to introduce the resolution.
Commissioner Freddie Hayes addressed criticism that taxpayer money was being used to work on a largely symbolic resolution.
“It doesn’t cost any money to do this. There is no cost to the taxpayer to do this.”
County Commissions in Ohio are only empowered to address specific matters, mostly relating to funding, zoning, and economic development. They cannot pass legislation and are forbidden from violating Ohio law.
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Here is the wording of the 2A Sanctuary Resolution passed in Lawrence County today.