Iron County, Utah is making a preemptive strike against the Federal government’s attempts to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of its citizens. According to a press release, “Laws that violate 2nd Amendment are null and void and have no effect in Iron County, Utah.”
Today in Southwest Utah, the Iron County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in passing an Iron County Second Amendment Protection Resolution. This is the second Resolution passed in the county, the first being the Cedar City Second Amendment Resolution passed by the City Council.
In that resolution, passed by Cedar City on February 13th, 2013, the Chief of Police is directed to support the resolution if the federal government attempts to enforce federal gun laws.
The county Resolution makes it clear that the county does not recognize any federal acts, laws, orders, rules, executive orders, or regulations that violate the Second Amendment of the US Constitution:
“NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Board of Iron County, Utah the Iron County Board of Commissioners declares that any federal act, law, order, executive order, rule, or regulation regarding firearms that is a violation and infringement of the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, passed by the Congress, and/or signed by the President, violating the true meaning and intent of the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States as given by the Founders and Ratifiers of the Constitution, is invalid in Iron County, shall not be recognized by Iron County, is specifically rejected by Iron County, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in Iron County.”
The county resolution goes further:
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it shall be the duty of the Sheriff of Iron County to take all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
In talking with Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower, he said, “I will not allow anyone to come into this county and violate the Constitution of the United States or Utah. If I have to stand in the street and stop that from happening I would do it.” He further said, “I have refused to sign any agreements or contracts with Homeland Security or any other federal department and no one can come in and preempt the local control of our law enforcement. I will never give my command and control of the sheriff’s office to an outside agency. The US Constitution will not be violated on my watch.”
The effect of the county government and the largest city in the county both taking a stand on protecting the Second Amendment represents a solid foundation in supporting the gun rights of the citizens in the county. This provides a unified front should there be any challenge to those rights.
At this time the Utah state government is debating HR-114 and will hopefully, to some degree unknown at this point, support the resolutions passed here in Iron County. If HR-114 passes with similar provisions to the Iron County provisions, then a solid unified citizenry is what the people in Washington D.C. will see on the issue of federal gun control. They will think twice about trying to take away our guns or to abridge our Second Amendment rights.
The actions in Iron County show what can be done at the local level to stand up for your inalienable and God given rights. Now is the time for each person in each city and county across the nation to show the power of the people by enacting resolutions. It is an easy process. Anyone can introduce a resolution to your city council and country board. Get people to the meetings to support a resolution. If enough people speak up and declare the intent of the citizens of the community, the elected officials will usually listen.
This is only the beginning. There are still many issues that need addressing and many resolutions that need passing. After the resolutions come laws. There is a lot of work to do after sitting on our rears for all these years. If we value our country like we say we do then get up and call or talk to your neighbor, family member, workmate and then call your city council person, your county commissioner/county supervisor, state representative/state senator and get them working on passing the resolutions, ordinances, and laws.
This was all sparked by a man who simply got involved and saw it through. According to Sylvan Malis, “If I did it, you can too; anyone can do it! It’s easy!”