Washington County, TN leaders pass Second Amendment resolution


JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Washington County Commission has approved a resolution declaring support for the Second Amendment.

Commissioners passed the measure in a 12 to 2 vote Monday night with one commissioner absent.

This comes after surrounding counties, cities, and towns have also proclaimed support for the Second Amendment or declared themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries.”

The resolution reads in part:

“This legislative body has determined that it is in the best interest of Washington County to publicly proclaim its support of a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms, and requests that the duly elected representatives of federal and state government continue to adhere to their respective promissory duties to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and Constitution of the State of Tennessee to advance legislation to recognize and protect the unalienable right of the people of Washington County, Tennessee to possess and bear arms”

Resolution No. 20-01-11

It also asks that the county request elected officials to “refuse to support any legislation that infringes on any rights guaranteed to the people of Washington County by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Tennessee.”

The resolution does not, however, restrict funding in any form.

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Several members of the public spoke during the meeting. Some voiced their support for the resolution while others urged commissioners not to pass it.

Commissioner Jodi Jones made a motion to table to the resolution but commissioners voted against her request.

The measure was brought forth by Commissioner Kent Harris. It unanimously passed through the Public Safety Committee on Jan. 9th.

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