61% of U.S. counties now ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries’

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square

The majority of all U.S. counties have been designated as Second Amendment sanctuaries, according to an analysis by SanctuaryCounties.com.

As of June 20, there are 1,930 counties “protected by Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation at either the state or county level,” representing 61% of 3,141 counties and county equivalents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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The Second Amendment sanctuary movement was born out of a grassroots effort, brought on by county or municipal leaders who vowed to not enforce any gun laws imposed by state or federal bodies they deemed were unconstitutional.

Texas was the 21st state to pass a constitutional carry bill, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law, and becomes effective Sept. 1. And while some state legislatures are not taking the same action, county officials have chosen to enact their own legislation. Roughly 1,137 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.

The Second Amendment sanctuary movement was born out of a grassroots effort, brought on by county or municipal leaders who vowed to not enforce any gun laws imposed by state or federal bodies they deemed were unconstitutional.

Sheriffs have also made pledges to uphold the Second Amendment, most recently every sheriff in Utah.

“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.”

Upon signing the new Texas law, Abbott said Texas was a Second Amendment Sanctuary state. Months earlier, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation giving Nebraska the same sanctuary designation. And Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill that nullifies federal gun laws in the Show Me state.

The movement is growing in light of statements made by President Joe Biden that the federal government will target firearms dealers in an attempt to link the increasing number of homicides occurring in major cities to a lack of gun law enforcement.

“We’ll find you and we will seek your license to sell guns,” Biden said last week.

Attorney General Merrick Garland also recently argued that while the majority of licensed firearms dealers sell to individuals who passed their FBI background check, that the same dealers “willfully violate the law increase the risk that guns will fall into the wrong hands.” He said the administration’s plan was part of a “concerted effort to crack down on gun traffickers.”

One such attempt is the ATF’s proposed new rule to regulate and tax a firearm brace widely used by veterans. The move has been criticized by members of Congress and by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who argues it’s unconstitutional.

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5 thoughts on “61% of U.S. counties now ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries’

  1. “The beauty of the 2nd Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it”.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Read The Founders 2nd Amendment by Stephen P. Halbrook and you will know the exact historical reason why we have the “RIGHT” to keep and bear arms. The British Tried and They Died.

  2. All Law Enforcement officers should support and defend the 2nd amendment and article 16 here in our constitution. Law Enforcement officers are immune from gun control laws as long as they are working police officers. When an officer changes his/her career they may no longer enjoy their immunities from gun control laws. Once an officer of the law does not mean, always an officer of the law. They should cherish all of our rights knowing that someday they may be just another citizen like most of us.

  3. Do Not forget that Vermont is a “CARRY” state by virtue of it’s constitution. No licenses, permits, or any of that. Just be free from “being in trouble with the law” and you are good to go.
    This drives the lefties absolutely bananas; I say “so what?”

    Practice perfects.

  4. I have news for the Marxist left, the would be civilian disarmament proponents according to the wording of the 2 nd. amendment the entire u s is a second amendment sanctuary.
    If they do not like it they are free to relocate to any country they like, come and take it Communist’s.

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