On April 5, 2021, Hughes County, South Dakota Commissioners passed a resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. If you know the vote count for this resolution, please let us know by emailing contact@sanctuarycounties.com.

Verification Citation/Source: Hughes County, SD – County Commissioners
Resolution date passed: 5 Apr 2021
Vote Count: Unknown.


Hughes County Resolution 2021-05

To Designate Hughes County a 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 Hughes County, South Dakota; and

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

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Hughes 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 Hughes County Board of County Commissioners fully supports the Ninety-Sixth Legislature of the State of South Dakota Concurrent Resolution 607 which strongly favors and supports the constitutional right of citizens to own and possess firearms. It also firmly opposes any effort by the current administration to require the registration, confiscation or mandated sale of firearms, and any other unconstitutional restriction on the individual right to keep and bear arms; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Hughes County Board of 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 the Hughes County Board of 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 Hughes 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, the Hughes County Board of Commissioners hereby declares Hughes County, SD to be a:

“Second Amendment Sanctuary County”

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that no employee or official of Hughes County may assist Federal employees, agents or officials in the enforcement of executive orders in violation of the above-referenced Constitutional provisions.

PASSED AND APPROVED in this 5th day of April, 2021


Hughes County South Dakota Resolution Page 1

Hughes County South Dakota Resolution Page 2

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