By Mike Maharrey on July 25, 2013
DYERSBURG, Tenn. – Dyer County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Second Amendment during its Monday night meeting.
County Commissioner Dr. Brandon Dodds introduced the Second Amendment Protection resolution, and the Local Government Committee adopted it last month. The resolution calls upon the Tennessee legislature, judiciary and executive branches to “adopt and enact any and all measures necessary to reject and nullify the enforcement of any federal laws, acts, orders, rules or regulations in violation of the Constitution of the United States.” (Full text below)
“I believe it is one of the most important amendments,” Dodds told the State Gazette. “I believe it is not only illegal but unenforceable whenever the federal government passes a law limiting the Second Amendment.”
Local Government Committee chair Commissioner David Agee introduced the resolution to the full commission, noting that several counties had already passed similar resolutions. The Tennessee Sheriff’s Association and Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box have both voiced support for these type of resolutions.
Measures like these are a great first step. They send a strong message and encourage lawmakers at the state level to take action. But once passed, residents need to seize the momentum and turn it up a notch. Cities and counties need to back up resolutions with ordinances prohibiting any cooperation with federal agents attempting to enforce acts violating the Second Amendment. By blanketing the entire state with local governments refusing to enforce federal gun control measures, they will be rendered toothless. Judge Andrew Napolitano affirmed that such widespread noncompliance can make federal laws “nearly impossible to enforce” (video here). Quite simply, the federal government absolutely cannot enforce gun control in Tennessee without the cooperation of state and local governments.