Group wants to protect gun owners’ rights

Robert Inglis/The Daily Item Scott Henninger, left, Lewisburg, Shawn Waltman, New Columbia, and Will Baylor.

A Second Amendment Sanctuary movement has caught fire across America and in Union County, Pennsylvania, fueled by gun owners wanting to pre-emptively protect their rights in the face of any future state legislature passing unconstitutional gun restriction laws.

The first Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance (SASO) anywhere in the United States was passed this past Monday in Buffalo Township, Union County.

Hundreds of other Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions already exist around the country. Resolutions are statements. Buffalo Township is the first Ordinance, said Val Finnell, Pennsylvania director, Gun Owners of America. The GOA has been behind the push for Second Amendment Sanctuaries in Virginia, and now Pennsylvania.

The Buffalo Township ordinance says “local governments have the legal authority to refuse to cooperate with state and federal firearm laws” that violate Second Amendment rights, “and to proclaim a Second Amendment Sanctuary for law-abiding citizens in their cities and counties.”

“We wanted to start the ball rolling on a movement that we hope others in this county will take notice of,” said Township Chairman Joseph Wise, when the idea for the ordinance was first presented to supervisors by New Columbia resident Shawn Waltman.

Waltman’s plan has been to create Second Amendment sanctuaries “in every municipality in Union County and then to Union County commissioners. The idea is to have a county-wide ordinance.”…

“We wanted to start the ball rolling on a movement that we hope others in this county will take notice of,” said Township Chairman Joseph Wise, when the idea for the ordinance was first presented to supervisors by New Columbia resident Shawn Waltman.

Waltman’s plan has been to create Second Amendment sanctuaries “in every municipality in Union County and then to Union County commissioners. The idea is to have a county-wide ordinance.”…

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement first gained momentum out west with the passage of Red Flag laws, said Finnell of GOA.

The first U.S. county to officially enact a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution was Effingham County, Illinois, in 2018.

Red Flag, or gun confiscation orders, Finnell explained, are where someone can go to a judge and file a complaint that a person is a danger to himself or to others…

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement first gained momentum out west with the passage of Red Flag laws, said Finnell of GOA.

The first U.S. county to officially enact a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution was Effingham County, Illinois, in 2018.

Red Flag, or gun confiscation orders, Finnell explained, are where someone can go to a judge and file a complaint that a person is a danger to himself or to others…

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