Bladen County resident, Tony Priest started to gain support earlier this month after requesting a resolution from the Bladen County Commissioners in support of the county being a Second Amendment Sanctuary. This week, Priest started a Petition for Bladen County, NC to become a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary.
Priest cited the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 20 of the North Carolina Constitution in his petition. He states on the petition the constitutions “expressly protect the people’s right to keep and bear arms. Nevertheless, gun control advocates around the country are proposing an array of new restrictions.”
He continues, “As a result, various counties and towns are taking a proactive stance to ensure there is no infringement upon this constitutional right.”
Priest speaks about several counties and towns declaring themselves a Second Amendment Sanctuary and his desire for Bladen County to do the same on his petition and social media posts.
He states, “A Second Amendment Sanctuary means the locality will oppose possible gun control laws. Therefore, if such sanctuary measures were passed or enacted, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners would be expressing their deepest commitment in protecting the constitutional right of all citizens in Bladen County to keep and bear arms.”
Priest has been in discussions with Bladen County Commissioners and law enforcement about the resolution. Mr. Priest is scheduled to present his request for the resolution to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners during the February 3, 2020 regularly scheduled county meeting.
The Bladen County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Ray Britt did make a statement on the Second Amendment request.
“I respect the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and support what our fore fathers wrote in the second amendment and the rights to bear arms,” Britt said.
“However,” Britt continued, “I also, feel a responsibility to help protect the citizens in Bladen County by keeping the laws in place to protect citizens to prevent someone from carrying firearms in the courthouse.”
The February 3, 2020 Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Courthouse located at 106 East Broad Street in Elizabethtown.
Update: A copy of the revised Resolution Declaring Bladen County North Carolina A Constitutional Rights Protected County was given to BladenOnline.com by Mr. Priest. He will present the resolution to the County Commissioners Monday.