Hopkins Co. Fiscal Court approves resolution supporting 2nd Amendment

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) Hopkins County officials approve a non-binding resolution affirming a citizen’s right to carry.

Hopkins is the latest Kentucky county to act on the growing debate over proposed Second Amendment Sanctuaries. The resolution is non-binding,

“I’m glad that our magistrates, seemingly and in unanimous decision, decided to support and reflect the resolution to be passed,” said David Thomson of Kentucky United Hopkins County, a supporter of the resolution.

The resolution stated the fiscal court was concerned about any bill with language that may infringe on a citizen’s right to carry, and asks lawmakers not to pass any laws infringing on those rights in the 2nd amendment. Judge Executive Jack Whitfield Jr. says language referring to a sanctuary was removed because the county legally couldn’t be one.

“I thought it would be kind of hypocritical to say, ‘We don’t like it for one thing, but we think it should be good for another.’ It just doesn’t do what we need to do. The whole goal of this is to let our legislators know that we don’t want to pass any law that would affect our second amendment rights,” he said.

State Rep. Jeff Donohue, D-Jefferson County, prefiled a bill last month making large capacity magazines illegal and requiring registration of assault weapons, but pulled the bill from consideration. He says bills like that weren’t leading to those rights being restricted.

“We should be able to have a conversation and find a balance when it come to this. We talk about sanctuary counties for guns and we have a fight for sanctuary counties for people, it doesn’t make sense,” he said.

As for the campaigns in other counties, the Webster County Fiscal Court could discuss the issue at its next meeting next week.

You can find a copy of the resolution passed today on the Hopkins County Government website. Click here.

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(This story was originally published on January 7, 2020)

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