Commission Declares Polk County to Be Gun Sanctuary to Protect Second Amendment Rights

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Polk County has declared itself to be a sanctuary – not for illegal immigrants, but for law-abiding gun owners.

At Thursday evening’s Polk County Commission meeting, the County Commission voted 8-1 to adopt a resolution declaring Polk a gun sanctuary to protect citizens’ Second Amendment rights, according to a story by the Cleveland Daily Banner. The county is the first in the state to do so. The resolution is based on one passed by in neighboring Cherokee County, North Carolina in March.

More than 200 counties in nine states have vowed not to enforce new state measures that restrict gun access, and 132  have voted to become gun sanctuaries despite questions of the measure’s constitutionality.

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Polk County Sheriff Steve Ross, who supported the resolution, spoke to Chattanooga’s NewsChannel 9.

“The vast majority of America feels that we have a second amendment right to bear arms, and we have a right to protect our family and our homes,” Ross said. “We don’t feel the government has a right to come in and take guns from law abiding people that have done nothing wrong.”

The resolution does not protect law-breaking citizens with guns, but instead protects gun owners from the passage of laws that would interfere with their right to bear arms, the TV station said.

The topic has even drawn support in Illinois.

At least five rural Illinois counties last year passed similar resolutions, said the Chicago Tribune. It was their way of sending a message to the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

“It’s a buzzword, a word that really gets attention. With all these sanctuary cities, we just decided to turn it around to protect our Second Amendment rights,” said David Campbell, vice chairman of the Effingham County Board. He said at least 20 Illinois counties and local officials in Oregon and Washington have asked for copies of Effingham County’s resolution.

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.
Photo “Polk County Courthouse” by Brian Stansberry CC4.0.





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3 Thoughts to “Commission Declares Polk County to Be Gun Sanctuary to Protect Second Amendment Rights”

  1. Ron W

    Well -said, Sim and Karen.

    C’mon Robertson County, let’s do this too. Defend the Constitution and ALL of the Bill of Rights!


  2. Sim

    Anyone who knows anything “Whatsoever” about law, knows that one party can not deny a “RIGHT”,
    “Explicitly stated” to another party in a “Legal agreement”.

    The only way to void that Right is to “Re-negotiate” the Agreement.

    And since our “Legal Agreement” happen to be the “Supreme Law of the Land”,
    That would require a “Constitutional Amendment”.

    One thing these Politicians overlook, don’t know, or don’t care,
    is that citizens have a “Legal Right” to use their guns against either State or Federal Politicians who attempt to deny them their Rights “Explicitly stated”,
    And to do so without Sanctions or Penalties.

    “There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of this exercise of
    Constitutional rights [Sherer v. Cullen, 481 F 946]”

    Abraham Lincoln:
    “The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both
    Congresses and Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the
    men who pervert the Constitution”.

    Thomas Jefferson stated this idea clearly in the very document that started our nation, the
    Declaration of Independence:

    “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object
    evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it
    is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future

    Red Flags laws violate the Constitution in at least 6 different areas,

    And the worse of these violations, is legislating laws in an area of the Constitution in which they have no jurisdiction to legislate,

    Government authority to Govern is “Restricted” to the areas “ENUMERATED” in the Constitution,

    There is a “Legal Reason” why “ENUMERATION” of authority was placed “ON GOVERNMENT”, that few people seem to understand, and the Courts prefer to ignore,

    Which is also a violation of Law and a crippling of Justice.

    You don’t need a Harvard Law degree to figure out the Framers of the Constitution never gave, or intended, for the Government the people authorized to Govern to have authority to take Rights the people gave to themselves.

    The “BILL OF RIGHTS” is “Totally “OFF LIMITS” to Government, State and Federal.

    “When rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or
    legislation which would abrogate them. [Miranda v. Arizona, 384 US 436, 491.]

    A “Constitutional Amendment” is the only way the present law can be changed.

    “The Constitution was wrote to protect citizens from “Good Intentions”. (laws)
    Daniel Webster.

  3. Karen Bracken

    So proud of the Polk County Commissioners where I myself served for 4 years. Polk is a small rural county but a county that belives in freedom, liberty and our Constitution and they are willing to fight to maintain our God given Constitutional rights.