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Pennsylvania County Latest Local Government To Tell Feds ‘Don’t Touch Our Guns’

March 4, 2013 by  

Pennsylvania County Latest Local Government To Tell Feds ‘Don’t Touch Our Guns’

The three-member, bipartisan County Commission of Susquehanna County, Pa., passed a resolution last week to abrogate any future “Federal act, bill, law, rule or executive order that in any way infringes on our Second Amendment rights by attempting to reduce the private ownership of any firearm, magazine or ammunition,” according to a Times-Tribune report.

Commissioners said the measure was intended to send a message that any potential Federal gun ban or restrictions being pushed by the Administration of President Barack Obama won’t be taken as law in their county.

“The Constitution is in place to protect us from the government,” said Republican County Commissioner Michael Giangrieco, who proposed the resolution after neighboring New York passed unConstitutional gun control legislation. “They’ve got it backwards.”

As in other instances, such ceremonial resolutions lack legal teeth. But the Susquehanna County Commission’s vote is just the latest gesture upholding citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights, adding another link to the growing chain of similar acts by local governments across the Nation.

Some States are also getting in on the game, taking up legislation this year that, if passed, will essentially reaffirm powers already enumerated in the 2nd Amendment.

In areas where unrestricted gun ownership enjoys avid support, such moves certainly serve the self-interest of politicians. The recent cavalcade of gun-rights resolutions are easy political scores for State legislators and local elected officials where gun owners dominate the political culture.

Then again, what else would constituents ask of their leaders but for their interests to be mirrored in those whom they’ve elected and their rights represented fairly?

And, while the passing of so many laws and resolutions — as well as defiant pre-emptive strikes from other local officials — may be legally redundant, it does send a signal that there are plenty of individuals throughout the Nation ready to stand in defense of the liberties guaranteed them by the Bill of Rights, even if the threat carries the force of a State or Federal law.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • CZ52

    From a Newsmax poll: should the feds regulate guns; yes 28% no 71%. Should congress ban semi-auto guns; yes 22% no 77%. should obama use executive orders to ban semi-autos; yes 20% no 79%. Does the 2nd amendment give citizens the right to bear arms without infringement; yes 81% no 18%.

    • ch3330

      Right CZ, everyone understands this except the Rabid Liberals; which again, are in the 20% group

      • John Crawford

        i wish i was president i would have all liberals locked up or sent to china for being so damn dumb it is this kind of people that is ruining this nation and i hope they all get what they deserve

    • Artemus

      No! The the 2nd amendment GUARANTEES these rights shall not be violated. You already have those rights.


      As provided in the First Ten Amendments to the constitution of the United States
      Effective December 15, 1791


      The conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution.

      A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

      From Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language “complete reference edition”:

      militia 1. b) any army composed of citizens rather than professional soldiers, called out in time of emergency.

      (Being necessary to the security of a FREE State,)

      infringed -to break off, break, impair, violate, to break (a law or agreement); fail to observe the terms of; violate -infringe on (or upon).

    • TIME

      Dear People,

      If you have Dashboard or any other platform of software like this that allows you to find Birth Records ~ as well as any records drivers ~ Insurance etc. Tax’s, please do try and find: “Adam Lanza.” Let me know what you find

      What we have found so far is that { Peter and Nancy Lanza } have just one child named ~ “Ryan Lanza.”

      Now ~ just how sad is it that we are facing all this BS due to something that is at best, very ~ very problematic, adding in all the known actors, such as the school nurse, also the blonde teacher, both are SAG card holders, oddly not using their real names in the alledged jobs at Sandy Hook school as they claim.
      This whole bloody thing has more holes than High Quality ~ well aged Swiss Cheese.

      Peace and Love, Shalom

  • Vicki

    The OP writes:
    “Commissioners said the measure was intended to send a message that any potential Federal gun ban or restrictions being pushed by the Administration of President Barack Obama won’t be taken as law in their county.”

    So what are they doing about NFA 1934, GCA 1968 etc?

  • FreedomFighter

    ““The Constitution is in place to protect us from the government,” said Republican County Commissioner Michael Giangrieco, who proposed the resolution after neighboring New York passed unConstitutional gun control legislation. “They’ve got it backwards.””

    Amen Brother

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • Howard C

    Before guns it was swords. The shillelagh came about because the Irish who were under British rule were not permitted to own swords. Peasents were not permitted to own swords only royalty and soldiers. Swords were also so expensive that had they been permitted to own them they would not be able to afford them. Ninja same about in Japan to combat Samurai and they turned farming tools into weapons. Ninjas were forced to use the cover of night and ambush attacks because face to face they stood no chance against the heavily armored samurai (who were also lower classes of royalty).

  • ibcamn

    The states realize you do not have to enforce a law that was formed and instated unconstitutionaly(against said constitution,2nd amendment)they realized that the people have the power,not the gov’t!local sherriffs and PD’s are waking up to this fact!and still keep in mind,the police still have to follow other orders from the gov’t,don’t get cozy with the local PD just yet,they may turn on you!although states are supporting it’s people and not taking your guns.(just not inforcing this law)but still may inforce others,time will far it seems the states are on our side!(unfortunatly,not all)

    The feds are going to try every trick Obama and his henchmen are teaching them.there are a lot of players in this little chess game,try not to get them confused,i know it gets me messed up once in a while.mid term elections will be coming up,vote,get the people you want into the seat you want!
    Pennsylvania county is amoung a growing number of places to see the light!ex power(trip)may be implemented,but it is up to the state and county and LEO to proceed with anything,you think Obama will get really POed at those actions?ha ha ha

  • csaaphill

    good move wish more would do the same.

  • JeffH

    Here in California, believe it or not, there is a movement started to encourage cities and counties to pass resolutions in support of the 2nd Amendment…Siskiyou County and the City of Leemore have already passed these resolutions. I just sent off a request for same to Fresno County Board of Supervisors and the Fresno County sheriff Margaret Mims. Mims has already joined the fight by sending a letter to the WH and Biden that she will not confiscate guns or enforce any new Federal Laws RE: ban or confiscation and will honor her oath of office.

    Fresno County Board of Supervisors Resolution


    WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as part of United States Bill of Rights, ratified on December 15, 1791, protects the right of the people to keep and bear Arm s; and,

    WHEREAS, two landmark decision s issued by the United States Supreme Court established that the Second Amendment protects an individual’ s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that Arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as, but not limited to, self-defense within the home, and that the right could not be infringed by the federal government (District of Columbia v. Heller); and that under the Fourteenth Amendment the right to keep and bear Arm s was incorporated and would also prohibit state and local governments from infringement of the right (McDonald v. City of Chicago); and,

    WHEREAS, sadly, recent high profile events within our country have sparked discussions of gun-control at the local, state and federal levels and include numerous gun-control proposals that assert to address gun violence while, in fact, many of these proposals would directly infringe upon the Second Amendment rights; and,

    WHEREAS, the State of California already has in place a comprehensive body of law intended to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally unstable individuals; and,

    WHEREAS, California already requires background checks to be performed on any individual purchasing a gun, has a magazine capacity ban and a waiting period already exists; and,

    WHEREAS, the focus at the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has been, and will continue to be, on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally unstable individuals; and,

    WHEREAS, we recognize that responsible gun ownership is not the problem; irresponsible gun ownership is the nexus to the tragedies we have seen; and,

    WHEREAS, Fresno Counties economy and rural quality are supported by ranching, farming and natural resources, and that the right to keep and bear Arms is fundamental to our right to protect our families, our property, our livestock, and our livelihood, and that the residents of this County respect the rights afforded by the Second Amendment through the recognition and support of responsible firearm ownership, training and awareness.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors for the County of Fresno:
    1. Supports all discussions seeking new ideas to protect our citizen s from violence but cannot abide by any provision infringing upon the Second Amendment.
    2. Agrees with Fresno County Sheriff in supporting the rights of mentally stable, law-abiding citizens to possess firearms.
    3. Accordingly, given the comprehensive body of law that already exists in California, does not believe additional regulation is warranted in California.

    THE FOREGOING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED By the Fresno County Board of Supervisors at it’s meeting held on______________, by the following vote:

    • http://yahoo Don

      While you califonians are at it, next time vote out pelosi who is anti-gun and anti-first amendment. Next time fienstien comes up for election , please get rid of her. she would eliminate every gun in the hands of every lawabiding citizen in this country. With all the power these polititions and a lot of others have they have become something like royalty in this country. they were originally meant to be servants of the people but any more they decide what we can do and what we can have. this type of thing needs to end. i wish all the people of this country would look at their representitives and decide if they are getting to be like these two and vote them out for ones who would look out for the ones they are supposed to. special interests should be put after the people. maybe the downfall of this country could be averted.

      • JeffH

        Don, hey, I’m doing my part…Feinstein and Boxer get emails from me regularly and have to recognize who I am but I’m just one man, one vote. Please try to understand that California is over run with progressive morons…unfortunately they are the majority.

  • http://yahoo Don

    kansas is working on a simular bill. there was a vote in an election they had that asked if kansas residents wanted control of their weapons a couple years ago. it didn’t pass. we’ll probly get to keep what is out there now. instead of gun control laws why don’t the failure of a government in dc work on existing laws that were made and not enforced.

  • Michael Shreve

    State governments, NOT the federal government, are the foundation of our nation. It is the RESPONSIBILITY of the states to prevent the Federal government from violating the U.S. Constitution by WHATEVER means necessary.


      Correction: According to the Constitution of the United States of America federal law trumps state law.

      • Jr.

        you are partly right but not completely. I am not too sure of the specifics but even when federal law CAN trump state law it still has to adhere to the general guidelines (Real ones NOT the words they put in our fore fathers mouths) that our Constitution outlines quite clearly. In other words it is Unlawful for them to circumvent the Constitution no matter what they say and no matter what they enforce. Pretty much most laws and the like for the last sixty years that I can gather fall under that category sadly. I am sure it has been going on for a lot longer than that though. Little at a time so we do not notice. Anyhows it is our own fault not Obama, both Bushes, Clinton, or any other elected official. It is our responsibility to control our government and just like any hired employee if they do not do it right fire them. An where the hell are our mandatory militias? hmmmmm our own fault. Until people stand up united against these criminals and their treasonous acts and those that have been put in place in the years following the creation of the constitution and its companion documents we are just stuck into a downhill spiral. Our own fault and nobody else.

        • R. Fine

          I find it rather discouraging that people like yourself consider our Presidents and others who run for and are elected to office to be criminals. Perhaps you should try to get elected and serve your country if you are so superior.

          • Jr.

            I am an ex-con and that would prevent me from ever being taken seriously. If it was not for the fact that I came to my senses I would be no better than them. I do not think all politicians started off bad they just ended up that way. I know from experience that the more you associate yourself with a group of people the more like them you become over time.

          • R.F.

            You sound like you have some wisdom under your belt.


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