Supporters of the Second Amendment filled the Stone County Board of Supervisors meeting room Monday morning.
Many more overflowed into the hall of the Stone County Courthouse as a spokesman asked the board to consider a resolution proclaiming Stone County a Second Amendment Sanctuary county.
Dale O’Neal told the board he and those with him wanted their God-given rights protected.
“We don’t need our rights infringed on, which it seems to be going that way,” he said.
O’Neal cited a recent red-flag law introduced in the Mississippi legislature.
“There are already laws where a family can have a person’s right to keep and bear arms looked at by the Chancery Court,” he said. “We don’t need laws where you might have S.W.A.T. teams kicking in somebody’s door.”
District 3 Supervisor and Board President Lance Pearson took an informal poll of the board and all expressed support for a resolution.
Board attorney Norris Hopkins, however, asked for an opportunity to review the draft resolution the group had presented.
“We need to make sure the board is respecting the current laws of the State of Mississippi,” he said.
The board voted to table the matter until its meeting of Feb. 18.
“There is not one person on this board who does not support the Second Amendment,” Pearson told those assembled. “We do have to make sure we do this legally and properly.”
Carroll County, Md. Is believed to be the first municipality to use the term Second Amendment Sanctuary in 2013 and the movement has taken on momentum recently with a big push in Virginia following the Democratic Party’s taking control of the state legislature and promising to enact gun legislation following a recent election.