Rockwall, Texas Resolves to Preserve Second Amendment

ROCKWALL, Texas – The City Council of Rockwall  voted 5-2 in favor of a resolution “to protect and defend the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms” during its meeting in March.

A Dallas TV station called the packed out meeting “a grass roots show of support for gun rights.”

A Rockwall High School senior and future Air Force Academy cadet joined at least nine other residents speaking in favor of the resolution.

“Our rights — specifically our Second Amendment rights — are being threatened by the federal government,” Zach Maginnis said. “As a citizen of Rockwall, I’d like to see my hometown lead by example and prepare a public response to these threats.”

Rockwall joins a wave of Texas cities and counties passing resolutions against the federal government and its infringement on the Second Amendment. Rockwall joined Cooke and Bandera Counties, as well as the cities League City, Gonzales, Temple, Tiki Island, Lake Worth, and most recently Prosper.

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Hertford, NC Passes Resolution in Support of the 2nd Amendment

The North Carolina legislature may have been unable to pass the firearms freedom act this year, and  it has yet to introduce a Second Amendment preservation act, but that doesn’t mean steps to defend the right to keep and bear arms are not being taken in the Tar Heel State. Local governments are taking steps to defend the Second Amendment, creating pressure that will undoubtedly be felt in Raleigh next year.

Hertford County was the most recent locality in North Carolina to pass a local resolution to preserve the Second Amendment.

The Hertford County Board of Commissioners resolves as representatives of the people to defend the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 30 of the North Carolina Constitution and will not consent to unconstitutional laws, executive orders, or foreign/domestic tyranny. Furthermore, the Commissioners call upon the Governor and General Assembly of North Carolina to pass legislation that will guarantee the protection of our God-given right in the defense of our liberty and our persons for all North Carolinians to bear arms.”

This resolution was approved without objection.

Hertford County joins with other North Carolina counties that have passed resolutions this year to preserve the right to bear arms including Carteret, Cherokee, Beaufort, Lenoir, Pitt, Moore, and Franklin counties.

Local pressure created by cities, counties, and municipalities passing resolutions and ordinances will increase the likelihood of the North Carolina legislature passing a state bill to preserve the Second Amendment in the next session.

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Who Needs the Tenth Amendment?

The Tenth Amendment wasn’t really necessary.

Wow! A pretty shocking statement from somebody who works for the Tenth Amendment Center, huh?

But it’s true.

Why?

Because the Tenth Amendment, along with its partner the Ninth Amendment, don’t really DO anything.  In fact, if those two amendments didn’t exist, the Constitution would remain unchanged. The federal government would still operate with only a few delegated powers, and all other power would still remain with the states and the people.

The Ninth and Tenth Amendments are “rules of construction.” In other words, they tell us how to read the original document. They don’t add anything to the Constitution, and they don’t take anything away. The Ninth and Tenth simply make explicit what was already implicit in the original construction of our founding document.

The enumeration of specific powers in Article 1 Sec. 8 (along with the other delegated powers sprinkled through the rest of the Constitution) naturally preclude the federal government from exercising any other powers. In fact, many in the founding era didn’t see the point of including the Ninth or Tenth Amendments, or even a Bill of Rights, arguing that it was self-evident that enumeration excluded any other authority – Designato unius est exclusio alterius – a legal maxim meaning, “the designation of one is the exclusion of the other.”

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Preserving the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Locally

2nd AmendmentIn a time when many when Statists are calling for more federal gun legislation and even the repeal of the Second Amendment, patriots are trying to preserve their inalienable right to defend themselves against anybody or anything. An effective, constitutional way to preserve that natural right is through nullification. One tool to accomplish this is the 2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance. This piece of legislation is made for the county level, and should be heavily focused on in states such as Tennessee where the state legislature is not in session. It effectively nullifies unconstitutional, federal gun laws through non-compliance.

The federal government was not given the power to make any laws regarding guns, ammunition, accessories, etc. in the few enumerated powers vested to it by the states. Then to explicitly restrict the federal government from infringing upon the natural right they put in the Second Amendment. So, if the general government infringes upon that God-given right then the states and/or counties can nullify the usurpatious legislation and should.

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