On February 7, 2022, Muscatine County, Iowa became the 34th county in the state to pass a resolution affirming support for the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The resolution, known as a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution, states that the county will uphold the constitutional right of citizens to keep and bear arms, and that no county resources will be used to infringe upon that right.
The resolution was passed as a response to efforts by some lawmakers to impose restrictions on gun ownership, including the introduction of so-called “red flag” laws, which allow authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from individuals deemed a danger to themselves or others. Supporters of the Second Amendment argue that such laws infringe upon citizens’ right to bear arms, and that they do not effectively address the root causes of gun violence.
Muscatine County’s decision to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary is a victory for gun rights advocates and supporters of the Constitution. It affirms the county’s commitment to upholding the Second Amendment and sends a clear message to lawmakers that attempts to infringe upon citizens’ rights will not be tolerated.
DECLARING MUSCATINE COUNTY TO BE A SECOND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY COUNTY
WHEREAS, the right of the people to keep and bear arms is guaranteed as an individual right under the Second Amendment to 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”; and
WHEREAS, the right of the people to keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty, and property is regarded as an inalienable right by the people of Muscatine County, Iowa; and
WHEREAS, the people of Muscatine County, Iowa derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within Muscatine County using all types of firearms allowable under the United States Constitution and the laws of the State of Iowa; and
WHEREAS, Iowa State Senators and State Representatives have also sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Iowa; and
WHEREAS, legislation is currently being considered and expected to be proposed by both the Iowa State Legislature and Federal Legislature that potentially seeks to infringe on the constitutionally protected right of citizens to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, it is desirable to declare that Muscatine County is a Second Amendment Sanctuary County, as Muscatine County opposes the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the constitutional right of the people of Muscatine County to keep and bear arms.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors hereby declares Muscatine County to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County, and hereby states its opposition to the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the constitutional right of the people of Muscatine County to keep and bear arms.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 7th day of February, 2022.
Tibe Vander Linden
Muscatine County Auditor
Chair Muscatine County Board of Supervisors
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