By: David Tripp
9 Mar 2020
At their 9 March 2020 Formal Meeting, The Montgomery County Commission voted on a resolution declaring Montgomery County’s support for the “Second Amendment” which passed with a vote of 18-3, Commissioner Tangi Smith made an impassioned speech that set the tone as other commissioners made their remarks.
Verification Citation/Source: Montgomery County Commission / Tennessee 2A
Resolution date passed: 9 Mar 2020
Vote Count: 18-3
Nay: Lisa L. Prichard, W. Woodruff, R Leverett
At 44:16 Resolution 20-3-5 was brought before the commission.
At 44:30 Commissioner Brandon Butts made remarks as proponent
At 44:47 Commissioner Lisa L. Prichard made remarks in opposition
At 45:34 Commissioner Tangi C. Smith made remarks as proponent
At 47:22 Commissioner Joe Smith made remarks as proponent
At 49:09 Commissioner Jason D. Knight made remarks as proponent
At 50:01 Commissioner Lisa L. Prichard made remarks again in opposition
At 50:44 Commissioner Joshua Beal made remarks as proponent
At 51:02 Commissioner David Harper made remarks as proponent
At 51:26 Commissioner Lisa L. Prichard made remarks again in opposition
At 51:45 Chairman Durrett called for the vote
RESOLUTION OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMISSION DECLARING SUPPORT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
WHEREAS, the 11 General Assembly in 2020 currently filed is Senate Bill SRI 807/H131873 that authorizes the issuance of extreme risk protection orders also known to some as a -red flag law” that allows a court to issue an emergency protection order upon a finding that a person poses an imminent risk of harm to the person or others if allowed to purchase or possess a firearm: authorizes a family member, household member, intimate partner, or law enforcement officer to petition for such an older.”
WHEREAS, Section 26 of the Tennessee Constitution states. ‘That the citizens of this state have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defenses: but the legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the nearing of arms with a view to prevent crime: and
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, protects the inalienable and individual right of the people to keep and bear arms: and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), affirmed an individual’s right to possess firearms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home: and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago. 561 U.S. 742 (2010). 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 State Supreme Court in United States v. Miller. 307 U.S. 174 (1939) opined that firearms that are pan of ordinary military equipment, or with use that could contribute to the common defense are protected by the Second Amendment: and
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Montgomery County Commission to declare its support of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and to protect law abiding citizens right to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, the Montgomery. County Board of Commissioners each took an oath to support the United States Constitution; and
NOW. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners declares Montgomery County to be a -Second Amendment Sanctuary County”, meaning that Montgomery County will provide a haven for. and support the United States Constitution and the 2″ Amendment rights of all law-abiding citizens.
Duly passed and approved the 9″ day of March 2020.
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