By Meg Dickens
Gun control made an appearance at the Johnson County Commissioners meeting on Thursday, December 19. Commissioners gathered in an adjoining room for a closed session discussion with County Attorney Perry Stout directly before bringing the issue to the floor.
When they returned, the commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution supporting Second Amendment rights. This makes Johnson County one of many cities and counties that are fighting back to defend the right to bear arms as Second Amendment Sanctuaries.
Gun control has been a hot issue for quite some time. New bills such as House Bill 1049/ Senate Bill 0943 have pro-gun advocates worried about unlawful seizure. Commissioners denounced these specific Red Flag Laws directly in the resolution, citing them as violations to the Second Amendment.
“The citizens of Johnson County, Tennessee recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and agree that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon by any government or organization, political or otherwise,” says an excerpt of the resolution.
Both the commissioners and the resolution urge Representative Timothy Hill, Senator Jon Lundberg, and Governor Bill Lee to oppose Red Flag Laws and similar bills that would infringe on Second Amendment liberties. This discussion triggered several other topics with a similar weight including refugee resettling and abortion regulations.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has decided to keep resettling refugees. Politicians and locals alike were debating the political and economic impact this would make. Stout pointed out that mixing cultures in this way would strongly impact our government on a local and national scale. According to a community presenter, the government is currently involved in a lawsuit based on refugee resettling in Tennessee.
Commissioner Freddy Phipps brought up the issue of abortion before the meeting adjourned. The commissioners, along with Stout, have decided to sign a resolution asking for more restrictive abortion laws.
According to Phipps, several neighboring states have stronger restrictions or a ban on abortion. Stout will be drawing up a resolution, which the commission has already decided to pass during its January meeting, which will coincide well with the annual March for Life in Mountain City.