Commissioners table resolution to make Pender County a ‘gun sanctuary’

Resolution presented to make Pender County a "gun sanctuary"

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Pender County Commissioners voted to table a decision on a proposed resolution that would declare Pender county a “gun sanctuary.”

According to online documents, several commissioners requested the resolution be considered during the Monday, April 1 meeting.

The resolution reads in part:

“Pender County Board of Commissioners will not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purpose of enforcing or assisting in the enforcement of any element of such acts, laws, orders, mandates, rules or regulations, that infringe on the right by the people to keep and bear arms as described and defined in detail above.”

Chairman George Brown, one of the commissioners who requested the resolution be considered admitted the resolution was not vetted properly before it came to agenda, after many spoke out in opposition to it.

“I had problems with this when I saw it,” said Brown. He noted he is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but does not think the title ‘gun sanctuary’ should be used.

About a dozen people showed up and signed up to speak against the resolution to make Pender County a gun sanctuary. If anyone showed up supporting it, they did not speak out publicly.

No one against the proposal said they opposed the right to bear arms, in fact the entire board said they are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendent.

Commissioner Jackie Newton made her stance very clear saying, "I will support no part of this. It is unnecessary and frivilous. She added that commissioners should not dictate the politics of the county and that the commission has “better things to do.”

Those who spoke against the resolution said it would threaten public safety, encourage a disregard for the law, and deter tourism from Pender County.

Even gun owner Mike Giles, a strong supporter of the second amendment, opposes it.

“I got mad. I was appalled. Then I started thinking about my commissioners, my leaders, my elected leaders and I’m ashamed. There’s no reason for this resolution. The Second Amendment is not going anywhere, there’s some dangerous statements in that resolution,” Giles said.

After Commissioners voted 4-1 to table the motion, they did not say when or if they would bring it back for a discussion. Some wanted a change to the name and certain policies, while Newton and Vice-Chair Fred McCoy said they oppose it entirely.

A similar resolution, which is cited in the Pender County resolution, was passed earlier this month by commissioners in Cherokee County.

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