Second Amendment Sanctuary

Members of the audience applaud the Public Safety Committee’s vote Monday to declare Rutherford County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The measure must appear before another committee before going to the full County Commission.

A committee on Monday voted to recommend that Rutherford County be a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” drawing applause from a standing-room-only crowd in the council chamber at the courthouse.

The Rutherford County Commission Public Safety Committee’s unanimous vote came in a meeting on Monday, Jan. 27. Committee Chairman Pettus Read sponsored the symbolic resolution, which must appear before the Steering, Legislative & Governmental Committee on Monday, Feb. 3. Then, it would appear before the full commission, likely in February.

Similar measures have been considered by county commissions around the nation.

Read said he sponsored the resolution because he supports the Constitutions of the United States and Tennessee.

“I think as an individual of Rutherford County and as an individual of Tennessee and as an individual of the United States of America, I have the right to protect my home, my family, my property,” Read said, drawing a chorus of “Amen” and applause from the audience.

The resolution basically says the county commission “reaffirms” the Second Amendment: “The Rutherford County Board of Commissioners hereby has reaffirmed its support of the Second Amendment of The United States Constitution and declared Rutherford County to be a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.”

Prior to the meeting, members of the audience circulated a petition in support of the resolution. They presented it to Read just before the meeting started.

Andy Olsen was one of the people presenting the petition. He said it had more than 700 signatures, gathered in about two weeks, by “concerned citizens for our rights.”

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