In light of President Obama’s executive orders, Beaufort County adopts resolution intended to “preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States and the state of North Carolina.”
Commissioner Hood Richardson says that the resolution was adopted Friday evening and aims to protect the 2nd amendment’s “right to bear arms”.
The resolution says in part, “the County Manager be directed to see that no county paid staff participate in nor allow any county resources be used in the implementation of any Federal law, executive order or executive directive that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms…”.
The resolution was approved by the four Republican members on the board. Commissioner Richardson says that because the 3 Democrat members of the board were not present, their votes should be for approval. Richardson adds that that is being researched.
Below is the resolution that was drafted Friday evening and sent to WITN by Commissioner Hood Richardson:
A RESOLUTION TO PRESERVE AND DEFEND THE CONSTIUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States provides: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." (Second Amendment). And
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of North Carolina provides: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.” (Article I, Section 30). And
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in recent months has twice upheld the Second Amendment as applying to individuals’ right to keep and bear arms (Heller and McDonald), and
WHEREAS, The President and Vice President of the United States have been reported recently to be considering adopting laws, regulations or actions which would have the effect of infringing on the right of Americans to keep and bear arms, and
WHEREAS, the reasons given in support of such infringements as gun registration, banning certain kinds of weapons and accessories, requiring extreme background checks, restricting the bearing of arms such as excessive restrictions on concealed carry and possibly other restrictions, have not been shown by the substantial weight of scientific evidence to have been effective in accomplishing the stated objectives of such restrictions as compelling necessities for government action to protect the public safety,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners, sitting in duly called session on this day, that:
The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners calls upon the Governor and General Assembly of the State of North Carolina to immediately pass an act to nullify the implementation within the State of North Carolina of any Federal law, executive order or regulations restricting the right to keep and bear arms, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the County Manager be directed to see that no county paid staff participate in nor allow any county resources be used in the implementation of any Federal law, executive order or executive directive that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the General Assembly is petitioned to take the appropriate action to have a constitutional convention called upon concurrence by 2/3 of the state legislatures for the specific purpose of amending the United States Constitution to strengthen the Second and Tenth Amendments as applicable against Federal infringement of the inalienable right of the People to keep and bear arms and prohibit infringement by the Federal government in the states’ rights to guarantee the protection of the right to keep and bear arms, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the General Assembly adopt a proposed Amendment to the North Carolina Constitution to be submitted to the voters to change Article I, Sec 30 to guarantee the right of a law abiding citizen to carry unimpeded a concealed weapon in any place that a duly sworn law enforcement officer may carry a weapon and that any law passed by the General Assembly, or imposed by any executive official, restricting the right to keep and bear arms, be subject to the strictest judicial scrutiny if challenged as infringing on the right to keep and bear arms, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution, properly enacted and executed this the ______day of _____________, 2013 be transmitted to the Clerk of the Senate and House of Representatives of the North Carolina General Assembly, the Governor, and each member of the General Assembly as well as to each County Commission in the State of North Carolina and to the N. C. Association of County Commissioners and to the public.