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Cherokee County passes 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution

Feb. 10, 2020 – County government leaders in Cherokee County today passed a 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution.

The five-page document, assembled by county leaders, protects the right to keep and bear arms.

County leaders say the move follows a trend in numerous counties in the United States.

District 3 County Commissioner Cory Moates says the resolution was the result of a collective effort.

“This resolution was brought to the commission,” Moates stated. “It was presented by myself and Chairperson Lori Johnson of the Republican Party. Also, Sheriff David Groves had a part in writing this resolution.”

He praised Sheriff Groves for his input into making the resolution a reality.

Moates says the resolution was adopted unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners and residents were present to support the resolution. “The importance of the resolution is to be pro-active instead of re-active,” Moates stated.

Although no other Kansas county has passed a resolution, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a Second Amendment Protection Act for the state in April 2013.

Two of the paragraphs in the resolution read as follows:

D. Article 4 of the Kansas Bill of Rights  . . . .  states: “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting  and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose; but standing armies, in times of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated, and the military should be in strict subordination to civil power”, it secures to Kansas citizens, and prohibits government interference with, the right of individual Kansas citizens to keep and bear arms. This constitutional protection is unchanged from the constitution of the state of Kansas, which was approved by congress and the people of Kansas, and the right exists as it was understood at the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Kansas in 1859 and the United States in 1861.

E. Kansas Statutes Chapter 50-1207 states: “It is unlawful for any official agent or employee of the government of the United States, or employee of a corporation providing services to the government of the United States to enforce or attempt to enforce any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States regarding a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately and owned in the state of Kansas and that remains within the borders of Kansas.”

The text of Resolution No. 07-2020 reads as follows:

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