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Magoffin Co. becomes 2nd Amendment sanctuary


SALYERSVILLE – On Tuesday night Magoffin County was declared a Second Amendment sanctuary.

The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in special session on Tuesday, January 7, unanimously passing a resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary.

At press time, Magoffin is among 26 counties statewide that have passed similar resolutions, with 66 counties with votes or meetings scheduled on the issue. So far seven Kentucky counties have opposed the issue.

Magoffin County Judge-Executive Matt Wireman explained to the Independent on Wednesday that he was first made aware of the issue when Harlan County became a Second Amendment sanctuary. On inauguration day he said he ran into the Harlan County judge-executive and talked about the resolution they passed, noting that Harlan County is on the Virginia border, where more gun laws have been passed concerning limiting magazine capacities and defining assault weapons.

“They were afraid gun control would run rampant and felt their citizens would oppose it, and once this happened, they got the ball rolling across the state,” Wireman said. 

He explained that passing the resolution doesn’t necessarily change anything for the county, other than to show legislators they would receive opposition if they were to pass “red flag” or excessive gun control laws.

“As a community, for the most part in Eastern Kentucky we love our guns,” Wireman said. “I’m a gun advocate, myself, and this just shows our legislators they will have a hard fight to gain support for this type of legislation.”

Wireman noted that nationwide most people are in agreement that common-sense gun laws are needed, but explained that when gun control laws are initially proposed, they are often excessive and threaten constitutional rights.

“This is not a Democrat, Republican or Independent issue,” Wireman said. “This is an American and constitutional issue.”

Wireman said he expects the majority of Eastern Kentucky counties to pass similar resolutions.

“Declaring this doesn’t necessarily change anything or keep any laws or anything from being passed, but it tells the legislators that we will not support those types of laws,” Wireman said. “This is a preemptive strike that shows that should they bring this up, Kentucky will stand up.”



Heather Oney

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