In a vote Thursday night, Polk County became the first community government in Tennessee, and second in the South, to declare itself a gun sanctuary.The nine-member Polk County Commission voted 8-1 …
In a vote Thursday night, Polk County became the first community government in Tennessee, and second in the South, to declare itself a gun sanctuary.
The nine-member Polk County Commission voted 8-1 to approve a resolution submitted by Commissioner Jeremy Kimsey declaring Polk County a Gun Sanctuary County.
A similar resolution was approved in early March by commissioners in Cherokee County, N.C.,
These resolutions follow a trend of actions initiated in the Western United States, in New Mexico, Nevada, Washington and Oregon, meaning the localities would not enforce any gun control measures passed by state lawmakers, for example.
Upwards of 20 community governments have now become gun sanctuaries, although the action has not yet been upheld as constitutionally legal by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The resolution emphasizes that the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment declares that the "right to keep and bear arms."
According to social media reports, several other gun sanctuaries were approved this week, in Colorado, Nevada and Illinois. There are now 26 gun sanctuary communities in Illinois, although these are being challenged in court.
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