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Tyler County Resolved as A Second Amendment Sanctuary

By Staff | Feb 5, 2020

Vice-President Mike Smith, Commissioner Eric Vincent and President John Stender sign a resolution making Tyler County a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

The Second Amendment right has recently been brought to the forefront of many individual’s minds as Virginia gun control laws continue to press forward. In fact, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has invited counties from Virginia to secede to West Virginia.

With all the chaos taking place in the neighboring state, counties in West Virginia are taking steps to protect the Second Amendment right for citizens by becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

Tyler County became the third county in the state, following Putnam and Cabell, to be resolved as a Second Amendment Sanctuary, when the County Commissioners approved the resolution at the regular meeting on January 28.

The resolution expresses intent to uphold the Second Amendment rights of citizens. It states, “Whereas, the County Commission of Tyler County, West Virginia wishes to express it’s deep commitment to the rights of all law-abiding citizens of Tyler County to keep and bear arms as constitutionally protected.”

The resolution goes on to read, “The County Commission of Tyler County, West Virginia wishes to express its intent to stand as a Sanctuary County for Second Amendment rights and to oppose, within the limits of the Constitution of the United States and the State of West Virginia, any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights and to use such reasonable and legal means as the County Commission of Tyler County, West Virginia may hereafter approve to protect the rights of the citizens of Tyler County to keep and bear arms.”

Vice-President Mike Smith spoke at the meeting on January 28 saying, “West Virginia is a very free state, even in comparison to Texas. If we were to model after Texas, we would be going backwards. I like this resolution because we have a pre-emption law in West Virginia which states the county or municipality cannot usurp the state on these laws. In my mind, this reinforces that pre-emption and basically states that if the state or federal government were to implement a law that would infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms, then we wouldn’t spend any money or use any personnel or resources to enforce such a law.”

President John Stender commented, “The State Legislature passed a resolution saying that if any Virginia County wanted to come into West Virginia they were more than welcome because of the gun restrictions, so I think that gave everyone the idea we need to make sure that we are protected. We have a lot of hunters here, and we have a lot of people who have concealed carry permits. We have a lot of people who do not hunt anymore, but do have weapons in their homes for protection.”

“Tyler County Law Enforcement will not enforce any ordinances or laws passed by the state or the federal government to restrict our Second Amendment rights,” Stender continued. “This resolution was discussed with both the Prosecuting Attorney and the Sheriff prior to enacting the resolution.”