FT. MYERS, Fla. (March 25, 2013) – Last week, the Lee County, Fla. County Commission unanimously adopted a Second Amendment Preservation Resolution.
The resolution emphatically declares the county’s support for the right to bear arms protected by the Second Amendment, and calls upon the Florida legislature and governor to use their power to stop any federal infringement on that right.
“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Board formally declares its support of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; that the Board hereby affirms that it will not condone unconstitutional infringements of that right; and, that the Board calls upon the Governor and the Florida Legislature to lawfully use their powers to resist any measure that violates the right of the people of Florida and Lee County to keep and bear arms.
Members of the SWFL Citizens Alliance lead efforts to get the resolution approved.
“This is a local issue. What is more local than the rights of the individual? We as citizens of Lee County and the State of Florida must come together for the sake of preserving our God given liberty and natural rights. If not us, who?” grassroots activist Brian Harris said.
SWFL Citizens Alliance also successfully spearheaded efforts to pass similar resolutions in Marco Island and Collier County. Organization officials say they are now working with the city of Naples on a Second Amendment preservation resolution.
Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey said the impact of these successful efforts at the local level reverberate throughout the state and even beyond to Washington D.C. As more and more city and county governments make their will known, the pressure to take action at the state level increases. When the cacophony gets loud enough, they will even hear it in the marble halls of Capitol Hill.
“State lawmakers ignore the will of the people at the local level at their own peril,” he said. “Quite simply, these are citizens at the local level making their will known through their elected officials. And we’re seeing this happen in communities across the U.S. Great movements start at home. The people are making it clear they want the state to step in, interpose and protect their most basic rights. They don’t want the feds messing with their right to keep and bear arms. Protecting the right of the people is one of the most basic duty’s of state officials. They swear an oath to ‘protect and defend the Constitution.’ They’d better listen to these folks and do their jobs.”
LEGISLATION and TRACKING
If you would like to see model legislation to introduce in your state or local community to nullify federal firearm laws, please see The Tenth Amendment Center’s Model Legislation: The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.
Track the status of 2nd Amendment preservation legislation in states around the country HERE.