POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners unanimously approved a Second Amendment Preservation Resolution during Thursday’s weekly meeting.
The commissioners received the support of several community members with regard to the resolution, not only at last week’s town hall meeting but in phone calls and office visits since that meeting. Many voiced their concerns not only for their Second Amendment rights, but Constitutional rights overall.
The resolution which was also signed by those in attendance at the town hall meeting, will be mailed to legislators at the state and federal level along with the commissioners of the other 87 counties in Ohio and the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.
The resolution reads,
SECTION 1: The Meigs County Board of Commissioners find that:
The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
And that the Ohio Constitution states:
Ohio Constitution: Article 1, Section 4
“The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.”
SECTION 2: Prohibition on federal infringement of the right to keep and bear arms
The Meigs County Board of Commissioners declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations — past, present, of future — that regulates gun ownership in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers; and are hereby declared to be an act of aggression on our Bill of Rights and a misrepresentation of the intent of Government to secure the rights of the people.
Whereby the ratification of such Amendments to the Constitution of these United States in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, must be adhered.
The Meigs County Board of Commissioners call upon the Governor and General Assembly of the State of Ohio to immediately pass an act to nullify the implementation within the State of Ohio of any Federal law, executive order or regulations restricting the right to keep and bear arms, it continues, and makes clear that the County will play no supporting role to the federal government in attacks on the 2nd Amendment.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Commissioners state that no county paid staff participate in nor allow any county resources be used in the implementation of any Federal law, executive order or executive directive that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.
Meigs County is believed to be the first county in Ohio to pass a resolution on the topic according to the commissioners.