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Garrett County Commissioners Considering Second Amendment Sanctuary County

Last Updated on Mar 4, 2020 at 2:36pm | Communications Office
A group of concerned citizens recently approached the Garrett County Sheriff’s Department and The Board of Garrett County Commissioners to request a resolution to recognize Garrett County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

A Second Amendment Sanctuary County is a measure taken by local-level governments to express its commitment to the Second Amendment; the rights of all United States citizens to keep and bear arms.

The Board of Commissioners will accept comments on this topic through March 20, 2020.  Comments may be sent to gccomments@garrettcounty.org or addressed to:

Board of Commissioners
203 South Fourth Street
Oakland, MD 21550
 
It is especially important to note that if such an action were to be formally proposed or considered locally, it would not give anyone the right to ignore laws. Instead, a resolution would spell out that Garrett County opposes restrictions that violate the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Due to the structure of the Maryland government, a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution is only symbolic as any state-level laws will supersede any local-level laws or resolutions.

“Anyone committing a crime with a firearm or found in possession of a firearm prohibited by law will be pursued,” said Garrett County Sheriff Rob Corley. “The Second Amendment Sanctuary County measure, if taken at the local level, would emphasize that we believe the Second Amendment is the right of all citizens.”