On September 9, 2021, the Grant Parish, Louisiana Police Jury passed a Resolution in support of the Second Amendment. The Resolution passed with a vote of 7-0-1.
Verification Citation/Source: Grant Parish, LA – Parish Police Jury
Resolution date passed: 9 Sep 2021
Vote Count: 7 Aye – 0 Nay – 1 Absent.
WHEREAS, acting through the United States Constitution, the people of this Country created a government to be their agent in the exercise of a few defined powers, while reserving to the citizens the right to decide on matters which concern their lives, liberty and property in the ordinary course of affairs;
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America 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”;
WHEREAS, the right of the people to keep and bear arms is further protected from infringement by the State and Local Governments under the Ninth, Tenth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America.
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570(2008), recognized the individual’s right to keep and bears arms, as protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, Justice Antonin Scalia’s prevailing opinion in that case stated that Second Amendment protects the individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and the right to use that firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home;
WHEREAS, Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within jurisdiction the equal protection of laws”;
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States recognized in McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. (2010) declared the Second Amendment to the Constitution was incorporated by the Fourteenth Amendment and thereby made applicable to the States;
WHEREAS, the right to be free from the commandeering hand of the government has been recognized by the United States Supreme Court in Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997), the Court held: “The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States’ officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program.”
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Grant Parish Police Jury does determine that the legal, historic and patriotic words of the Second Amendment of the United States
Constitution: “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” is hereby declared to be the public policy of the Grant Parish Police Jury and that Grant Parish is hereby declared to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary Parish.
This Resolution having been submitted to a vote; the vote thereon was as follows:
YEAS: Mt. Cephas Bowie Jr., Mr. Braridon DuBois, Mr. Arnold Murrell, Mr. Johnny Jamison
Mr. Mark Ball, Mr. Winston Roberts, Mr. Don Arnold
ABSENT: Mr, David Merrell
ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the Grant Parish Police Jury in regular session convened on the 9″” day of September 2021.
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