LAKIN, Kan. (April 18, 2013) – The state of Kansas took center stage in the fight to stop federal violations of the Second Amendment on Tuesday when Gov. Sam Brownback signed the Second Amendment Protection Act into law.
But folks at the local level in Kansas continue to fight for their right to keep and bear arms as well.
On Monday night, Lakin became the third southwest Kansas city to approve a resolution in support of the Second Amendment. The city council unanimously passed a measure affirming support for the Second Amendment and declaring that city officials will not enforce laws or executive orders that violate the rights of gun owners.
“I feel most of the citizens in Lakin support the Second Amendment wholeheartedly, and we just wanted to get it on the books to say to the state and national level that we do support the Second Amendment,” Lakin mayor Troy Michel told KSN news.
The cities of Ulysses and Syracuse recently passed similar resolutions, along with county councils in Seward and Grant counties.
Syracuse was the first town in Kansas to take a stand for the right to keep and bear arms, demonstrating how one local government standing up and create a domino effect.
“We are proud to be the leaders on this and will assume the leadership role,” Mayor Joe Stephens said. “Some communities like what we did, and some don’t. And they have to represent their people as we have to represent our people here in Syracuse.”
Stephens said the Second serves as a lynchpin for the protection of other rights.
“We did a resolution on the Second Amendment because of all the stuff going on on the federal level, but, you know, we are all for all of the amendments. If we didn’t have a Second Amendment, we couldn’t have a First.”
Local resolutions serve multiple purposes, expressing the will of the people in a given area and sending a strong message to lawmakers at the state and federal level. They also provide an educational tool and rallying point, demonstrating the effectiveness of local activism.
LEGISLATION and TRACKING
Kansas residents are encouraged to contact their local government representatives to encourage them to pass an ordinance in support of the right to keep and bear arms and the newly-signed 2nd Amendment Protection Act.
Available HERE (pdf)
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 Second Amendment Preservation Act.
Track the status of 2nd Amendment preservation legislation in states around the country HERE.