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Salem County NJ, Declared a Second Amendment / Lawful Gun Owner County

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A big thanks to NJ 2A Sanctuary for being kind enough to forward us the actual signed resolution from Salem County, New Jersey where they declared themselves a Second Amendment / Lawful Gun Owner County on February 5th. If anyone else would like to submit information about their county so that we can publish it on the website, please send it to us at contact@sanctuarycounties.com and we will get it published as quickly as possible.



Resolution No. 2020 – 066 

Board of Chosen Frecholders 

Date Adopted February 5, 2020 

Committee Administrative 

RESOLUTION DECLARING THE COUNTY OF SALEM A SECOND  AMENDMENT/LAWFUL GUN OWNER COUNTY 

WHEREAS, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads “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 State of New Jersey was the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights, including the right to keep and bear arms, and the New Jersey Supreme Court has recognized it as fundamental right of its citizens; and 

WHEREAS, certain legislation introduced in the State Legislature and certain legislation introduced in the current session of the United States Congress could have the effect of infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution; and 

WHEREAS, the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders is concerned about the passage of any bill containing language which could be interpreted as infringing the rights of the citizens of the County of Salem to keep and bear arms or could begin a slippery slope of restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of the County of Salem; and 

WHEREAS, the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders desires to express its deep commitment to the Second Amendment rights of its citizens; and 

WHEREAS, the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders desires to express its opposition to any law that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights under the Second Amendment of the citizens of Salem County; and 

WHEREAS, the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders desires to express its intent to stand as a County for Second Amendment rights and to oppose, within the limits of the Constitution of the United States of America, any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights, and to use such legal means at its disposal to protect the rights of the citizens to keep and bear arms; 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Salem, hereby expresses its intent to uphold the Second Amendment Rights of the citizens of the County of Salem; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Salem hereby declares its intent to oppose unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms, and shall not endorse, nor enforce those restrictions deemed unconstitutional; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Salem shall be deemed a “Second Amendment/Lawful Gun Owner County.” 

BENJAMIN H. LAURY, Freeholder Director Board of Chosen Freeholders 

I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true resolution adopted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Salem on February 5, 2020. 

STACY L. PENNINGTON, Clerk of the Board

3 COMMENTS

  1. In Brevard County Florida we opted to protect all of the amendments in the entire Constitution. As opposed to singling out the Second Amendment. Because all the amendments in the entire Constitution are the law of the land and in its entirety needs to be protected. Not just singling out the Second Amendment only. Curt Smith graduate of Pennsville Memorial High School, Brevard County Florida Commissioner.

    • Without the second, all the rest falls like dominos, a federal government no longer beholden to the people. No more would they have to answer to Us when they do things against our interest. They could pass laws that even take your vote away, or remove your right to assembly(Governor Thomas Gage/Massachusetts), take your property, search and seize without warrant(Governor Thomas Gage/Charleston) and lastly free speech(James Otis Jr.). Sure the whole constitution is important, that is a bit obvious. While your state of Florida has already passed a red flag law that has taken over 2000 citizens weapons away without due process of the law. Eventually it will be 5000, 10000, til eventually no more in the state. For many many years the second amendment has been under attack, using words like “common sense” and “public safety” each and every time. The laws passed 30 years ago they passed using those words did nothing to stop the shootings or crime. Nor the passing of the many more after it. They left good law abiding people even more vulnerable to those very criminals who do not care for your laws. Laws only affect the ones who follow the law. These resolutions are the people not only asking their own local government to stand with them but to stand up for them. To finally tell the state government enough is enough “NO MORE”, no more taking from me because of your feels, no more putting the blame at my feet when a evil person does something bad halfway across the country, I did not commit the crime.. blame the one responsible. I know I went on a tangent but there is reasoning to make sure the second amendment is up and in peoples face even in the text of those resolutions. It is a message that the people are united.

  2. Read the final resolution carefully. It does not say the county is a 2A county but that the Board of Chosen Freeholders is a 2A county. Poor wording on their part.

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