A resolution reflecting the Lake County Board of Commissioners’ support for public second amendment rights served as one of several items of business addressed during their Tuesday, Feb. 19, regular session.
Resolution 14-02-19 voices the County’s support for its citizenry’s constitutional rights to bear arms under the second amendment. The Commissioners approved it in a unanimous vote.
Full text of the resolution reads as follows: “Whereas, the Lake County Commissioners feel that public recognition of the United States Constitution as the document that protects and preserves our democracy and our liberty; and whereas, Lake County Board of Commissioners also recognizes that the first and last protectors of the United States Constitution are the people of the United States, and that the ability of the people to fulfill that role rests in large part on the people’s right to bear arms as stated in the Second Amendment to the Constitution; therefore, the Lake County Board of Commissioners hereby resolves that: Lake County opposes any state or federal law that abridges or is contrary to the provisions of the United States Constitution or the amendments thereto; Lake County supports the rights of the people to bear arms as stated in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court and opposes any state or federal law that unconstitutionally restricts the Second Amendment.”
As a part of the discussion of the resolution, which was inspired a similar action taken in another regional county recently, Commissioner Ken Kestner asked the county’s attorney, Jim Bailey, how it applied to the ban on firearms at courthouses and in public schools. Bailey confirmed that these are legitimate restrictions allowed for maintaining security measures, as per the Supreme Court.
Guest Matt Morris inquired if the resolution’s language referred to potential federal or state laws that may come down the line in the future. Commissioner Kestner said only this would be the case only if such laws were deemed unconstitutional. Under such instances, the County would appropriately broach that subject with the assistance of the county’s legal counsel’s advice.
Bailey confirmed there are already a number of restrictions currently in place, but the County is trying to avoid voicing what it’s opinion would be in advance of knowing circumstances of laws not yet developed.