Metcalfe County KY, approves Second Amendment sanctuary status

  • 28 Jan 2020

EDMONTON — Metcalfe County is now a Second Amendment sanctuary county.
The Metcalfe County Fiscal Court adopted a resolution Tuesday making the designation

Judge-Executive Harold Stilts welcomed everyone to the meeting and said he knew several of them had concerns about the Second Amendment.

“We have over the past couple of weeks looked at some other counties’ resolutions. Every county has a different one. We have crafted one that we think will work,” Stilts said.

He then turned the meeting over to County Attorney Barry Gilley, who read the resolution. Afterward, Stilts called for a motion to adopt it. The motion was made by Magistrate Ronnie Miller and seconded by Magistrate Donnie Smith.

The judge-executive then asked Fiscal Court Clerk Vickie Stephens to call the roll. The vote to adopt the resolution was unanimous.

After the fiscal court meeting, Stilts explained the fiscal court combined information from resolutions adopted by other counties and added its own input to come up with one for Metcalfe County.

“It’s just one of those things that we do support Second Amendment rights and basically, the resolution is stating that,” he said.

What makes Metcalfe County’s resolution unique is that there is a section that addresses the 14th Amendment, which states: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

“I think that’s one of the things that we added to it,” he said. “The 14th Amendment wasn’t in the last resolution that we presented.”

While Stilts is not a hunter, he does own firearms.

“I know where everybody is coming from. I wouldn’t want somebody to try to take my (Second Amendment rights away). I don’t think that’s ever going to happen, but it’s got a lot of people concerned that it could,” he said. “I think we were the last one in the region to pass (a resolution). Everybody around us had already passed one. I know Barren County had their’s a week ago today.”

Magistrate Kenny Scott said he thought people seemed to like the version of the resolution that he and fellow fiscal court members developed.

“I think it went well,” he said.

Magistrate Kevin Crain said he thought the resolution the fiscal court adopted was “the best fit for our county at this time.”

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