During the recent legislative session, the Alabama Senate created quite a stir when it passed a Second Amendment Preservation act that would have nullified unconstitutional federal gun laws in the Heart of Dixie. This was a great first step, but the Alabama House lacked the resolve to get the bill passed, and hopes of blocking violations of the Second Amendment at the state level died for the year with the end of the legislative session.
But that doesn’t mean Alabama citizens have to just sit around and wait for next year. Government bodies at the local level can step into the fray to get things done.
Two Alabama cities and one county did just that. The cities of Russellville and Red Bay both fall within Franklin County, and all three local governments recently passed similar resolutions supporting the right to keep and bear arms, and encouraging gun manufactures to set up shop in their area.
The resolutions find their legal justification in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I: Section 26 of the Alabama State Constitution that states “every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.”
The resolutions have six clauses, all encouraging gun manufacturing within their jurisdiction, both to maintain the defense of the citizens and for economic prosperity for their local communities.
“The council and I wanted to expressly show support for the Second Amendment,” Red Bay Mayor Bobby Forsythe said.
Russellville Mayor David Grissom said he wants gun manufacturers to know they are welcome in his town.
“There are some states that don’t welcome these type of industries, and we want them to know they are welcome here in Russellville and in Franklin County.”
Franklin Commissioner Barry Moore added, “We want industries that are associated with firearms manufacturing to feel welcome here in Franklin County. We have a skilled and educated workforce that would be available for employment and we have many different options across the area when it comes to industrial development options.”
Alabama isn’t quite finished yet. Officials in both Phil Campbell City and Vina City are considering similar resolutions in their city councils.
These local government took a strong first step. Now citizens can build on the momentum, turn it up a notch, and push for binding resolutions that would forbid city/county compliance with any unconstitutional act infringing on the Second Amendment. This kind of local pressure can not only serve as a catalyst for statewide action, but can itself thwart federal efforts to enforce unconstitutional acts. The feds simply don’t have the resources to do it themselves. They depend on state and local cooperation. YOU have the ability to pull the rug out from underneath them.
Here are some concrete steps you can take.
1. Contact your local legislators – County, City, Town – and urge them to introduce a local Second Amendment preservation act. You can find model legislation model HERE.
2. Become a local leader. If you’re dedicated to the right and keep and bear arms, we’ll provide you with the tools you need to not only act on your own, but to organize and lead others to help support these efforts. For more information, click HERE.
3. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.