Johnston County Commissioners have joined a growing list of North Carolina counties who have gone on record in support of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
A number of grassroots organizations across the state and nation have been petitioning their local government boards asking they declare their County a Second Amendment Sanctuary. In a unanimous vote on Feb. 3rd, Johnston County Commissioners approved an ordinance in support of citizens rights to keep and bear arms.
“The Johnston County Board of Commissioners wishes to express its deep commitment to the rights of all citizens of Johnston County to keep and bear arms; and the Johnston County Board of Commissioners wishes to express opposition to any law that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and under the North Carolina Constitution of the citizens of Johnston County to keep and bear arms; and the Johnston County Board of Commissioners wishes to express its intent to stand unified in total support for the Second Amendment rights and to oppose, within the limits of the Constitution of the United States and the State of North Carolina, any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights, and to sue such legal means at its disposal to protect the citizens to keep and bear arms.”
When asked about the Resolution not specifically stating Johnston County was a “sanctuary county” for the Second Amendment, Board Chairman Ted Godwin replied, “I don’t know how we can express our support for (the) Second Amendment and our Constitution any stronger than our statement / resolution. The fact that it doesn’t have the word ,”sanctuary” in it doesn’t change our intent. We didn’t put sanctuary in it because none of us liked that word. Sanctuary is a place to hide and if anyone comes after our gun rights, I don’t want to hide, I want to meet it head on and straight out. Let the left wing liberals use that word. I don’t want it.”
About half of all 100 Counties in North Carolina have adopted or are considering adoption of a resolution in support of the Second Amendment.