Shelby Co. Commissioners Approve Resolution on Gun Rights

Shelby Co. Commissioners Approve Resolution on Gun Rights

Shelby County commissioners are shooting straight from the hip about gun rights. They approved a resolution that says the commission will ignore any federal laws that violate the 2nd Amendment.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Shelby County commissioners are shooting straight from the hip about gun rights. They approved a resolution that says the commission will ignore any federal laws that violate the 2nd Amendment.

The resolution says they could even tell the sheriff to fight against any federal agencies that try to take legally licensed weapons from owners.

Nobody has talked about taking away anybody's guns. The U.S.Senate voted against background checks, but they didn't ban the so called assault weapons or extra large bullet clips, nothing like that. Still, Shelby County commissioners say it's better to be safe than sorry.

"The only thing we're asking the commission to do today is to do what you've been sworn to do, which is uphold the constitution of Shelby County and the United States of America," said 2nd Amendment supporter David Nixon.

The man behind the plan, Commissioner Terry Roland of Millington, says he's just doing what the people he represents want done.

"This here is doing nothing more than saying we support the second amendment and the constitution as is written," he said.

And don't plan on any late night drop-ins at Commissioner Heidi Shafer's house. She's a pistol-packing momma.

"I want to be able to defend myself," Shafer said. "I own a gun. I have it in my home. And if somebody comes to the door, I know exactly what I'm going to do."

The biggest opponent was Commissioner Steve Mulroy. He says to read the resolution closely; it says Shelby County commissioners say all federal laws or regulations on guns would be null and void in Shelby County.

"We don't at state level or local level have the right to arbitrarily and unilaterally say, 'Well, we don't agree with this federal law so its therefore null and void in our county and we're going to do everything we can to stop federal efforts of enforcing it.' It's irresponsible."

Really, the resolution doesn't mean much. Federal law is above state law. State law is above county law. County law isn't above anything. So, it's going to be a strongly worded recommendation, letting the legislature know how they feel about the 2nd Amendment.

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