Commissioners pass resolution on gun rights

Commissioners joined the national discussion
Feb. 14, 2013 @ 07:12 PM


The Davidson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a resolution Tuesday in support of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Commissioners formally joined the national discussion at the behest of residents who wanted to see the county make clear its stance on issues of gun rights and gun violence. Their response came in the form of a resolution which states its intended purpose is to "preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States and the state of North Carolina."
One slight adjustment was made to the resolution before its approval.
"We just approved the resolution with one small amendment with some language," said Fred McClure, chairman of the Board. "It just states what the county's position is on the Second Amendment. The resolution passed with little discussion."
Commissioner Steve Jarvis motioned that some of the superfluous language of the resolution be removed. Prior to the vote, the last "whereas" was tweaked from its original form, which recognized the "unassailable right of the law-abiding citizen to buy, own and possess firearms for the legitimate purposes of sport, collection and self-defense, free from excessive restraint and regulation."
Jarvis suggested the purposes be eliminated, as well as the word "excessive." The motion carried and the resolution passed.
"I had been working to get the resolution in order since Jan. 18," Jarvis said. "Fred went ahead and put it on the agenda, with one minor adjustment on the last whereas, to make it clearer and plainer. I think that's the way the Constitution reads — simply — and I think when you add some things, it leaves room for too much interpretation."
The conservative Board now moves forward in opposition to gun regulations proposed President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, which Republicans say infringe on the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. One by one, county residents spoke out in favor of the commissioners' decision.
Among the supporters, Barney W. Hill — an outspoken opponent to most of the Board's decisions — offered his approval for its mission.
"I was glad to see we had the support that we had. I had a tremendous amount of phone calls and emails," Jarvis said. "I heard previously that there were people in the county who said the county can't do anything to make a difference. Whenever you work at it from the county level, what this does is put it through so we can take it to the state legislature. From there, it is forwarded to our Congressional leaders. It does give direction as to where we want to see this go."

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