By: CHRIS COOPER – News-Democrat & Leader
Friday, January 17, 2020 7:00 AM
With a courtroom full of over 100 onlookers, members of the fiscal court unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday declaring Logan as a Second Amendment County. Logan joins many other counties in Kentucky, as well as other states by taking a stand for Second Amendment rights for its citizens.
“I’ve never heard it sound quite like that in all of my years on the court,” said Magistrate Thomas Bouldin after one hundred plus recited the Pledge of Allegiance opening up the meeting.
No questions or comments were made by the court or the audience after Judge-Executive Logan Chick read aloud the resolution. Chick thanked those in attendance after the vote was taken and an eruption of applause sealed the deal.
“It went great,” said an excited Connor McColpin, one of the founders of the Logan County Militia, along with Greg Head who petitioned the court to pass a resolution. “I am extremely pleased and I know the other leaders in our group are as well. We especially thank magistrate Jason Wade Harper for his support from day one. He is the reason this went so smoothly.”
McColpin is a 21-year-old business owner from Dot. He says he is also thankful to all the magistrates for taking a stand.
“All the magistrates had the unilateral moral fortitude to take the stand they did. Even in the face of very high odds, Democrats and Republicans stood together to send a message to Frankfort, Richmond, Virginia and Washington D.C., that Logan County, Kentucky will not enforce or prosecute anyone on the basis of unconstitutional laws passed by anyone. This is a statement about our county’s ability to stand together no matter what.”
With the passing of this resolution, it does not, however, direct any local law enforcement agency to not enforce state or federal laws. It is a plea for legislators not to approve any legislation that would infringe on the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Logan County.
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Whereas, the Constitution of the United States is a supreme law of our nation; and
Whereas, the Second Amendment to the Constitution states, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; and
Whereas, the United States Supreme Court has affirmed an individual’s right to possess firearms, unconnected with service in a military, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home; and
Whereas, the United States Supreme Court has affirmed that the right of an individual to “keep and bear arms,” as protected under the Second Amendment, is incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment against the states; and
Whereas, the United States Supreme Court case, U.S. v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939), is legal precedent affirming a number of important rights under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution; and
Whereas, the Logan County Fiscal Court is concerned about the passage of any bill containing language which could be interpreted as infringing the rights of citizens of Logan County to keep and beat arms; and
Whereas, the Logan County Fiscal Court wishes to express its deep commitment to the rights of all citizens of Logan County to keep and bear arms; and
Whereas, the Logan County Fiscal Court wishes to express opposition to any law that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights of the citizens of Logan County to keep and bear arms; and
Whereas, the Logan County Fiscal Court wishes to express its intent to stand as a Second Amendment County for our Second Amendment rights and to oppose, within the limits of the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the people of Logan County, through their duly elected Fiscal Court, that we hereby declare Logan County a Second Amendment County and hereby request that our State and Federal Legislators pass no law which would infringe on our Constitutional Second Amendment rights in order to preserve for the people of Logan County their rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America; and furthermore,
That the Logan County Fiscal Court hereby expresses its intent to uphold the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Logan County, Kentucky; and furthermore,
That the Logan County Fiscal Court hereby declares its intent to oppose any infringement on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms; and
We, the Fiscal Court of Logan County, Kentucky, through this resolution hereby declare our rights, our freedoms, and our liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.