(USA Features) Officials in nearly two-thirds of all U.S. counties have declared them to be “Second Amendment sanctuaries,” according to a website that tracks such pronouncements.
According to SanctuaryCounties.com, as of June 20, 1,30 counties “protected by Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation at either the state or county level,” which represents some 61% of the 3,141 counties and county equivalents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
GOP Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas recently signed a so-called “constitutional carry” bill, becoming the 21st state to do so. It takes effect Sept. 1.
There are a number of state legislatures considering similar measures, but in the meantime, Just the News reported, individual county governments are not waiting for their state legislatures to act.
Texas was the 21st state to pass a constitutional carry bill, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law and which becomes effective Sept. 1.
And while some state legislatures are not taking the same action, county officials have chosen to enact their own legislation. Counties “have taken it upon themselves to pass Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation and likely hundreds of cities, townships, boroughs, etc. have done so at their level as well,” the site states.
Individuals sheriffs have also pledged to uphold the Second Amendment’s intent, in which they have vowed not to help enforce federal gun laws they find unconstitutional.
“Importantly, the Second Amendment of our divinely inspired Constitution clearly states … ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed,'” a letter signed by all 29 Utah sheriffs states.
“We hereby recognize a significant principle underlying the Second Amendment: the right to keep and bear arms is indispensable to the existence of a free people.”
The movement began during the latter part of former President Barack Obama’s second term as his administration moved to tighten gun restrictions.
It has rebounded during the short tenure of President Joe Biden’s administration after he and majority Democrats in Congress have pledged new gun control measures.