Lake County in Florida recently became the first county in the state to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary, according to multiple reports.
The resolution for the declaration passed unanimously—4-0—in favor of declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary that preserves the right that people have to bear arms under the United States Constitution.
Commissioner Josh Blake, who had brought up similar action to be taken by other counties across several states in America, called the resolution a form of pushback against the mandatory firearm buyback program launched by the Democrats, according to Orlando Sentinel.
Blake said the resolution “draws a line in the sand,” reported the Orlando Sentinel. He also said “it doesn’t mince words … And I hope it sends a message to what can be described as the authoritarian control freaks.”
According to the resolution, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law.”
Sarasota County, which has also submitted its own resolution to declare the county a Second Amendment sanctuary, said such a declaration would send a message that the county is a pro-Second Amendment county.
“So it basically is putting everyone on notice that we are pro-Second Amendment in Sarasota County, we support the second amendment, and we’re proactively making that statement and making it clear to the citizens,” said Commander Christian Ziegler, who submitted the proposal said. “All it’s doing is quoting existing law, quoting existing Supreme Court cases, and the Constitution, but I think it’s a good reminder for the community, but specifically for those that want to eliminate the second amendment.”
Blake said that Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell fully supported the county becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary, saying that he was “excited about it and very glad to get on board with [it],” the Sentinel reported.
Lake County isn’t the first county in the United States to have passed a resolution declaring itself county a Second Amendment sanctuary; several counties in Illinois have already claimed the title.
Sarasota County’s resolution will be discussed and voted on during a meeting taking place on Nov. 19, according to Fox 13 News. The resolution submitted by Ziegler is an exact replication of the resolution passed by Lake County.