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Greene County may declare itself a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’


SOME GREENE COUNTY LEADERS WANT TO PASS A RESOLUTION TO PROTECT CITIZENS’ SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. GOOD EVENING, I’M SARA DIAMOND. AND I’M JOSH SMITH. IF THE RESOLUTION PASSES–GREENE COUNTY WOULD BECOME THE THIRD LOCALITY IN EAST TENNESSEE TO ADOPT THE LABEL OF A “SECOND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY.” POLK AND BLOUNT COUNTIES HAVE ALREADY PASSED THE RESOLUTION. BUT WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY MEAN? JACKIE DEFUSCO IS IN YOUR CORNER WITH ANSWERS. LL–22:47:06–“JOSH, SARA THE COMMISSIONER THAT BROUGHT FORWARD THIS RESOLUTION SAYS ITS SUPPOSED TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO STATE AND NATIONAL LAWMAKERS TRYING TO ROLL BACK GUN RIGHTS. BUT OTHER COMMISSIONERS THINK THAT THE USE OF THE TERM SANCTUARY IS MISLEADING.” MAYOR KEVIN MORRISON SUPPORTS RECENT EFFORTS TO CALL GREENE COUNTY A SECOND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY. 21:01:58–“I THINK IT’S A WAY OF NECCESSARILY REINFORCING, IF YOU WILL, THAT THE POPULATION HERE SUPPORTS GUN OWNERSHIP AND GUN RIGHTS AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT.” THE MOVEMENT COMES AFTER STATE LAWMAKERS TABLED A BILL THAT SECOND AMENDMENT SUPPORTERS SAY WOULD’VE ALLOWED POLICE TO CONFISCATE GUNS OF THOSE FLAGGED AS “DANGEROUS” WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. 21:10:54–“WE WILL NOT STAND FOR TRAMPLING OUR RIGHTS FURTHER THAN THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN.” COMMISSIONER CLIFFORD BRYANT PRESENTED THE RESOLUTION MONDAY. HE SAYS HIS PROPOSAL IS DIFFERENT THAN THE SANCTUARY CITY MOVEMENT FOR IMMIGRANTS BY SOME POLITICIANS… 22:14:28–“THOSE CITIES ARE A SAFE HAVEN FOR ILLEGALS, CRIMINALS TO COME AND HIDE OUT. WE ARE TRYING TO CREATE A SAFE HAVEN TO PROTECT LAW ABIDING CITIZENS FROM THE TYRANNY OF OVERREACHING GOVERNMENT.” ASKED IF THIS LABEL WILL CONTRIBUTE TO POLARIZATION AND PREVENT COMPROMISE… 22:13:38–“THOSE OF US THAT TRULEY BELIEVE IN THE CONSTITUTION BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE NO COMPROMISE.” SOME COMMISSIONERS …WHO SAY THEY SUPPORT SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS …THINK THE TERM SANCTUARY SENDS THE WRONG SIGNAL. 22:36:24–“WE CAN’T OVERRIDE THE STATE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.” 22:39:10–“SANCTUARY IS JUST A MISLEADING WORD.” THE COUNTY ATTORNEY SAYS THE RESOLUTION–IN ITS CURRENT FORM–DOESN’T GIVE THE COMMISSION ANY LEGAL AUTHORITY. 22:29:30–“ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW IS THE SHERIFF’S RESPONSIBILITY SO THE COUNTY COMMISSION CAN’T REALLY TELL THE SHERIFF WHAT LAWS TO ENFORCE AND WHAT LAWS NOT TO ENFORCE.” LL–“NOW SO FAR THREE GREENE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE CO-SPONSORING THIS RESOLUTION BUT CERTAINLY NOT EVERYONE HAS THEIR MIND MADE UP. I SPOKE TO COMMISSIONER JOHN WADDLE ON THE PHONE JUST A BIT AGO WHO TELLS ME HE DOESN’T PLAN TO VOTE FOR IT–SAYING ITS COMPLETELY UNNECCESSARY. LIKEWISE–COMMISSIONER BRAD PETERS TELLS ME HE WAS DISMAYED BY THE INTITAL PRESENTATION OF THE RESOLUTION. HE SAYS IT FELT LIKE AN AMBUSH. JOSH, SARA.” THANKS JACKIE. GREENE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE ON THIS ISSUE MONDAY, JUNE 17TH.

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