On March 12, 2013, Modoc County, California Supervisors passed a resolution in support of the Second Amendment. This resolution represents one of the earliest Pro-Second Amendment Resolutions that we are aware of. The earliest, being Brown County, Illinois in 2007. We reached out to the current Modoc County Board of Supervisors to ensure that this resolution was legit and still in place and we were informed by Ned Coe, District 1 Supervisor and Chairman of the Board that it is indeed still in place. Big thanks to our reader, Ron, for bringing this to our attention.
Verification Citation/Source: Modoc County, CA – County Board of Supervisors
Resolution date passed: 12 Mar 2013
Vote Count: 4 Ayes, 0 Noes, 1 Absent
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF MODOC IN SUPPORT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
RESOLUTION NUMBER: 2013-06
WHEREAS, the American people have retained to themselves the right to “keep and bear arms” – a right not to be subject to infringement by Congress as is stated in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as part of United States Bill of Rights, ratified on December 15, 1791; and,
WHEREAS, Cooper vs. Aaron held that since the Supremacy Clause of Article VI made the U.S. Constitution the supreme law of the land and Marbury vs. Madison gave the Supreme Court the power of judicial review, the precedent set forth in Brown vs. Board of Education is the supreme law of the land and is therefore binding on all the states, regardless of any state laws contradicting it; and,
WHEREAS, a landmark decisions issued by the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia vs. Heller established that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm from federal infringement unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as, but not limited to, self-defense within the home; and,
WHEREAS, the Court in McDonald vs. City of Chicago established that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S, Constitution extended protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms to the several States under the due process provisions of that Amendment; and,
WHEREAS, the strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government; and,
WHEREAS, the government of California has repeatedly released violent criminals back into its’ lawful society; and,
WHEREAS, sadly, recent high profile events within our country have sparked discussions of gun-control at the local, state and federal levels, which have advanced proposed legislation which professes to address gun violence, while, in fact, infringes upon Second Amendment rights – (this has included numerous gun and ammunition control proposals, outright gun bans as well as registration that would convert the right into a revocable privilege); and,
WHEREAS, the County of Modoc’s economy is supported by family ranching, farming and natural resource businesses, and that the right to keep and bear Arms is fundamental to our right to protect our families, our property, our livestock, and our livelihood; and,
WHEREAS, as a “frontier county,” hunting for food is a practice among many residents and, as a sport, hunting makes an important contribution to the local economy; and,
WHEREAS, the residents of Modoc County respect the rights protected by the Second Amendment through the recognition and support of responsible firearm ownership, training and awareness; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Modoc supports all discussions seeking new ideas to protect our citizens from violence but cannot abide by any order, provision, law or agency initiative that violates the protections of the Second Amendment.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Modoc County at a regular meeting of said Board, held the 12th day of March, 2013, by the following vote of said Board:
Ayes: Supervisor Allan, Alves, Byrne and Wills
Absent: Supervisor Pedersen
Geri Byrne, Chairman
Stephanie Wellemeyer, Clerk of the Board
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