Could Pender become a ‘gun sanctuary county’?

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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County commissioners will consider adopting a resolution next week to declare the county a “gun sanctuary county.”

The resolution, which is similar to a “gun sanctuary” resolution adopted March 4 in Cherokee County, is scheduled to be formally considered at the next public Pender County Board of Commissioners meeting.

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“I just hope that when there’s something bad, or if something bad happens, God forbid, a good guy is there with a gun to help stop it,” Shane Miracle said.

Miracle says he is all for a resolution from Pender County commissioners to help protect gun rights. Commissioner George Brown has proposed to make Pender County a gun sanctuary.

What does that mean for residents?

The resolution says it’s the job of local officials to challenge the civil government when it oversteps.

“It’s kind of a pointless, useless resolution,” said former Pender County Democratic Party Chair Debbi Fintak. “But again, as I said, it divides and it’s just not helpful at this time with all the political tension in this country.”

Fintak has her concerns. She says there are no laws right now taking peoples’ guns away.

She thinks the county should be able to vote on this.

According to the resolution, its goal is to uphold the community’s right to bear arms.

Miracle thinks it’s a step in the right direction. He says he wants people to always stay educated.

“I hope that they take the opportunity to educate themselves,” Miracle said. “I would never ever force anybody to think about forcing anybody to think about having a gun or forcing them to carry a gun. That’s part of being in this country. They have the right to choose.”

WWAY left messages for four Pender County commissioners, but have not heard back yet.

The meeting will take place Monday, April 1 at 4:00 p.m., in the Public Assembly Room located at 805 South Walker Street in Burgaw.

The resolution states it will preserve the following rights for all legal citizens of Pender County:

1. The unalienable right to keep and bear arms, as specified in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, the Constitution of North Carolina, and further upheld by subsequent decisions of the US Supreme Court.

2. The right, as originally written and understood, to keep and bear arms for self-defense, personal safety, protection of one’s family, and in defense of one’s community and county.

3. The right to manufacture, transfer, purchase, and sell firearms and ammunition designed for those purposes outlined above, rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and the Constitution of North Carolina.

The resolution also says 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.”

Read the entire Pender County Gun Sanctuary Resolution.