DOUBLE SPRINGS - “Keep and bear arms.” These words ring true for many citizens of Winston County and the country as a whole. In response to alarm throughout the country, many fearing their guns will be taken away by the federal goverment, several counties have begun making resolutions to show solidarity with their citizens.
Winston County’s “Second Amendment Support Resolution” was passed Wednesday, April 28, during the Winston County Commission meeting.
The alarm spreading across the country stems from President Joseph Biden announcing six actions in early April “to address the gun violence” in the nation Those six actions are:
1. The justice department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.”
2. The justice department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.
3. The justice department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states.
4. The administration is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions.
5. The justice department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking.
6. The president will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The resolution Winston County passed reads as follows:
“...the County Commission for Winston County, Alabama, while in regular session, do hereby find and declare as follows:
“1. The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental individual right that should not be infringed; and the commissioners of Winston County, Alabama desire to ensure and publicly communicate to state and federal elected officials their concern that state and federal laws not be enacted that dilute or violate the important Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Winston County, Alabama; and to set forth by this resolution their support for the protection of all law abiding citizens’ rights to bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“2. The county commission further declares that this resolution does not intend to offer support to bear arms to persons who have been convicted of felony crimes or who are prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law.
“3. This resolution is not intended to prohibit or affect in any way the prosecution of any crime for which the use of, or possession of, a firearm is an aggregating factor or enhancement to an otherwise independent crime.”
“We had a citizen from Winston County that brought it to our attention that Chilton County had done (a resolution),” Roger Hayes, Winston County Commission chairman, stated on how the resolution began. “I called Chilton County and got a copy of their resolution.”
After checking for legal issues in adopting the resolution, the county drafted the article. After the passage of the resolution, Hayes discussed the message it sends.
“It shows the people in the state that Winston County is a firm believer in our gun rights. It doesn’t have any bite to it. It just shows the people in the state what we stand for in Winston County.”
Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore agrees with the resolution.
“I support the Second Amendment Support Resolution 100 percent because I believe in the Second Amendment,” Moore said. “I believe our citizens have the right to keep and bear arms.”
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