Carroll County Commissioners vote for resolution to declare their county a Second Amendment sanctuary county
Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild has been the driving force behind the Board of Commissioners’ vote Wednesday night to stand against the Maryland Firearms and Safety Act (MFSA), the gun-grabbing legislation just passed by the Maryland General Assembly.
His website, Uphold My Oath, strives to educate elected officials on their duty to uphold the constitution and further lays out a detailed plan for legislators to stand in defense of it. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners have done just that.
Wednesday night, the board held a public input hearing on a resolution that nullified within the county five areas of the law that infringe on the Second Amendment. In addition, they called null and void any international treaties which infringe upon the right of citizens to bear arms.
Mr. Rothschild called for the vote after the lengthy and overwhelmingly supportive public input period. Only one citizen spoke against the resolution, the chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Party. Vote results were unanimously in favor of the resolution by the four commissioners who were present. One commissioner was absent but submitted a written statement of support.
The board acted in concert with the judicial and law enforcement departments of county government, namely the county sheriff and state’s attorney.
Carroll County was the third county in Maryland, after Cecil and Harford, to enact a resolution in defiance of the MFSA, following the leadership of Commissioner Rothschild. Mr. Rothschild has been meeting with commissioners and councilmen from counties all over Maryland and expects many more to follow suit. 16 of the 24 jurisdictions in Maryland are Republican majority in elected representation.
As noted in an article on this subject by Senator Joseph Getty in the Northern News, liberal jurisdictions in Maryland have passed several similar resolutions, creating “nuclear-free zones” and sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. The critical difference here is that the defiance of passed legislation by the Carroll County Commissioners was not an arbitrary act based on the political agenda of the board. The basis of their actions is the U.S. and Maryland Constitutions and their oath of office to uphold and abide by them.
What can citizens do to help our representatives who are upholding their oath of office on our behalf?
- Join local gun clubs
- Register to vote and get to the polls in 2014 to support Second Amendment and Constitutional candidates
- Call your county councilmen or commissioners and urge them to pass a similar resolution; direct them to Uphold My Oath
- Ask all county council, sheriff, or state’s attorney candidates and incumbents about their stance on nullification and interposition
- Contact the Carroll County Commissioners and thank them for their leadership and defense of our constitutional rights
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Commissioner Rothschild expressed hope that the actions taken in Maryland against the MFSA may serve as a model for counties and local jurisdictions across the country.
I swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of Maryland and support the Constitution and laws thereof; and that I will, to the best of my skill and judgment diligently and faithfully, without partiality or prejudice, execute the office of ________ according to the Constitution and laws of this State.
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