Friday, April 10, 2020
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Overton Commissioners Approve Second Amendment Resolution

The Overton County Commission has passed a resolution protecting second amendment rights.

County Executive Ben Danner said the measure prevents federal and state infringements on the rights to keep and bear arms.

“There have been 20 or something counties in Tennessee that have passed that,” Danner said. “You always hear about the state and federal government maybe regulating our right to bear arms. Overton County wanted to make the statement that we support the second amendment and the peoples right to keep and bear arms. If the federal government tried to override the second amendment, we are not going to go along with that.”

The resolution states that “all federal or state acts, laws, orders rules and regulations” violate the second amendment and shall be invalid, unrecognized and rejected by Overton County. The document also allows the sheriff to take all measures necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, order, rules or regulations.

“I get a lot of calls about gun rights,” Danner said. “People hear stuff on the news and they’re afraid there’s going to be several laws passed to change the second amendment. I hope we never get to that point, but if we do, this resolution says that we support the second amendment and will do whatever we can at the county level to support that.”

The county commission unanimously approved the resolution during last week’s meeting.