More North Carolina counties pass Second Amendment measures
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — As more North Carolina counties pass resolutions supporting gun rights, one decided against calling itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” while another was urged by the mother of a school shooting victim to be careful.
The Cabarrus County Commission unanimously passed what it called a Second Amendment resolution — dropping the word sanctuary — during Tuesday night’s meeting, news outlets reported. Fifteen citizens spoke in favor of the resolution; it’s unclear whether any spoke against it.
Sheriff Van Shaw said he supports the measure, but doesn’t want people thinking Cabarrus County is a sanctuary for gun owners who don’t have to follow laws, WCNC-TV reported. He said his county will uphold the law while honoring the Second Amendment.
At least eight counties in North Carolina have now passed measures aimed at protecting gun rights. Such resolutions can vary from county to county, but most declare the intention of local officials to oppose any “unconstitutional restrictions” on the Second Amendment. The measures are largely symbolic, as the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution gives federal law precedence over state or local laws.
News outlets report that a similar vote is pending in Gaston County, while in Haywood, commissioners heard Tuesday from the mother of University of North Carolina-Charlotte student Riley Howell, who died last spring after tackling a gunman on campus.
Natalie Henry-Howell asked commissioners and citizens to give the resolution careful thought, and “balance the need for self-protection and the need for the protection of others.”
Her remarks received standing applause from the packed room, WSOC-TV reported. The Haywood County commissioners didn’t vote on the resolution Tuesday, but are expected to consider it at an upcoming meeting.