UPDATE | 'Second Amendment sanctuary' movement sweeps through the region

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BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 1/14/20 @ 4 p.m.
The 'Second Amendment sanctuary' movement has hit two more counties in Kentucky and has even reached the Mountain State.

Three fiscal courts passed resolutions Tuesday morning, declaring their county a Second Amendment sanctuary -- Greenup and Lawrence County, Kentucky, and Putnam County, West Virginia.

Putnam County is the first county in West Virginia to pass the resolution. Putnam County Commissioner Ronald Foster said after he saw other areas start to restrict gun rights, he wanted to make sure the rights of the people in Putnam County were protected.

"If it’s a law that is contrary to the Constitution, Putnam County is just on record stating that we are not going to support any law that is not constitutional," Foster said.

The ordinances protect the right to bear arms even if state or federal laws are passed restricting ownership or possession.

Officials in Greenup County say the turnout for Tuesday morning's Fiscal Court meeting was one of the biggest in county history. Three commissioners voted in favor of the resolution. A judge-executive voted to abstain, but quickly changed his vote to yes after an uproar in the crowd.

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UPDATE 1/7/20 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Boyd County Fiscal Court voted unanimously Tuesday evening to make the county a "Second Amendment sanctuary."

There was a standing ovation after the vote.

Earlier in the day, it was a packed house during the a meeting to address a measure that would prohibit the enforcement of gun control policies that are perceived as a violation of the Second Amendment.

Several other counties in the state of Kentucky have already passed similar resolutions, including Pike County.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/7/20
Every member of the Boyd County Fiscal Court said Tuesday they would vote in favor of declaring Boyd a 'Second Amendment sanctuary county.'

It was a packed house during the first meeting to address a measure that would prohibit the enforcement of gun control policies that are perceived as a violation of the Second Amendment.

Several other counties in the state of Kentucky have already passed similar resolutions.

  • Lewis County passed a similar resolution protecting gun rights on Dec. 30.

  • Carter County voted on a similar matter Monday. The resolution was passed unanimously.

  • Pike County leaders say the Fiscal Court has a similar resolution on its agenda.

  • Greenup County Fiscal Court is expected to meet about the issue on Jan. 14.

  • Lawrence County Fiscal Court announced Tuesday the public is invited to attend the next meeting on Jan. 14 to have their voices heard about a resolution to make Lawrence County a '2nd Amendment sanctuary county'. Leaders say for those who can not attend but would like their voices heard can read a copy of the resolution at the Lawrence County Courthouse and sign a paper in support or in opposition.

A second meeting about the resolution will be held Tuesday evening in Boyd County. More community members will have the opportunity to speak beginning at 6:30 p.m. Members of the fiscal court are also expected to take a vote.

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