UPDATE: We have recently been provided with an updated version of the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance from Camden County, Missouri that actually includes some prohibitions and penalties. We have a copy of the updated ordinance below:
On January 19, 2021, Camden County, Missouri Commissioners passed Missouri’s first Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance. One interesting aspect of this ordinance, aside from it actually being an ordinance in the first place, is the fact that they are actually calling out all “laws, orders, rules and regulations, whether past, present, or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms.” This is a bold step and not one that we have seen many other counties make. They are not only declaring their opposition to future infringements to the Second Amendment but also ones from the past.
Gun Sanctuary Ordinance
All federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution shall 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.
Such federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations include, but are not limited to:
(a) The provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1934;
(b) The provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968;
(c) Any tax, levy, fee, or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition not common to all other goods and services which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(d) Any registering or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(e) Any registering or tracking of the owners of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(f) Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, or use or transfer of any type of firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by law-abiding citizens;
(g) Any act ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition from law-abiding citizens
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This resolution, like all other sanctuary county resolutions that I have read, is practically worthless. It only makes it unlawful for county officials (e.g., the sheriff) to take action in enforcing unconstitutional laws. It says nothing about affirmatively defending the citizens’ rights! Thus, when state or federal agents (e.g., state police, DHS, FBI, ATF, national guard) come to confiscate the citizens’ firearms, the resolution does not require the county officials to stop it. A meaningful resolution would instead resolve that county officials will take any action necessary – including the use of deadly force – to prevent state or federal agents from depriving the county’s citizens of their constitutional rights.
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