Lawrence County now a Second Amendment sanctuary county

Published 9:23 pm Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A growing movement to adopt Second Amendment sanctuary county resolutions is gaining steam in the area. The Lawrence County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt the resolution, and one of the groups involved in pushing for the designation is having a meeting in Brookhaven Thursday.

The resolution opposes any efforts to “unconstitutionally restrict” Second Amendment rights through any “legal means at its disposal.” These means include withholding public funds, and directing local law enforcement to not enforce “an unconstitutional law.”

Mississippi Sheepdogs, a local organization advocating for the measure, will host a public meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at the State Bank State Room on East Cherokee Street. The measure’s author, District 6 State Sen. Dana Criswell-R, DeSoto, will speak at the meeting.

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Sheepdog member Kendall Boutwell said that while they have been advocating for the measure, they aren’t the only group leading the effort.

“It’s way bigger than that,” he said. “It’s a lot of people working together. They said this morning in the Monticello meeting they ain’t never had that many people in a meeting. I imagine we had as many as 75 people there.”

Boutwell said he hopes for the measure to be approved statewide.