While a number of states are currently considering legislation to nullify federal gun laws, rules, acts, orders and regulations, and various sheriffs around the country are issuing notice that they will not enforce any such federal laws, a new grassroots undercurrent could be building to support those efforts: local governments nullifying unconstitutional federal acts that violate the 2nd Amendment.

Last week, Beaufort County, North Carolina became the first in the country to do so. On Tuesday, Franklin County, Indiana joined them by passing a 2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance. It passed unanimously, and County Commissioner Scott M. McDonough says they mean business.

“The citizens of Franklin County take the Constitution seriously and the State and Federal government need to do so as well,” he said.

The ordinance itself is an extremely strong stand in support of the 2nd Amendment. It reads, in part:

All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms are a violation of the 2nd Amendment

The ordinance continues:

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations – past, present or future – in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers; and are hereby declared to be invalid in this county, shall not be recognized by this county, are specifically rejected by this county, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this county.

Recognizing that federal acts almost always require support, logistics and the like from state or local governments, the final portion of the bill is what would give it the most effect in helping protect the rights of the people living there:

It shall be the duty of the Sheriff of this County to take all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

The first step that a sheriff should take? Refuse to comply with unconstitutional federal acts.

LEGISLATION AND TRACKING:

Get model legislation for introduction in your state or local community here:
http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2ndamendmentpreservation

Track the status of 2nd Amendment preservation legislation here:
http://tracking.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2ndamendment

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