On February 17th, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners of Bennett County, South Dakota passed a resolution declaring their county a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. It was a unanimous vote and was supported by the county Sheriff. Bennett County now has the distinction of being the first county in South Dakota to pass a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution.

Verification Citation/Source: Bennett County, SD – Board of County Commissioners
Resolution date passed: 17 Feb 2021
Vote Count: Unanimous


RESOLUTION #2-2021

BENNETT COUNTY SECOND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY COUNTY.

WHEREAS, The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of our nation. 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 Constitution of the State of South Dakota in Article 6, Section 24 states, “Right to bear arms. The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be denied.”; and

WHEREAS, the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms is guaranteed as an individual right under the Second Amendment to United States Constitution and under the Constitution of the State of South Dakota; and

WHEREAS, the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms for the defense of Life, Liberty and Property is regarded as an inalienable right by the citizens of Bennett County, South Dakota; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Bennett County, South Dakota, derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearm recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within Bennett County as allowed under the United States and South Dakota Constitutions, and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Bennett County Board of County Commissioners to declare its support of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America and Article 6, Section 24 of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota protecting citizens’ right to keep and bear arms; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Bennett County Board of County Commissioners took an oath to support and defend the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of South Dakota.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Bennett County Board of County Commissioners strongly supports the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America and Article 6, Section 24 of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota and that the Board strongly believes that it is the right of the citizens of Bennett County to keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty and property; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, to defend the rights and liberties of the citizens of Bennett County, the Bennett County Board of County Commissioners hereby declares:

Bennett County, South Dakota a

“Second Amendment Sanctuary County”

Motion passed and Resolution #2-2021 adopted this 17th day of February, 2021.


Bennett County South Dakota Sanctuary Resolution page 1
Bennett County South Dakota Sanctuary Resolution page 2

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