Lyon County could soon join a long list of Kentucky counties that have approved resolutions indicating local government's support for gun ownership rights in America.
Judge-Executive Wade White said the Feb. 13 agenda for Lyon Fiscal Court will include consideration of a Second Amendment resolution. But he urges people to not read too much into the measure, which he expects to pass.
"Its a pretty simple thing," he said. "None of us are against the Second Amendment, so it's just making a statement. I'm not making a big deal out of it, just pass it and show solidarity with other counties to the state, who already knows our feelings."
Last week, magistrates in neighboring Crittenden and Caldwell counties approved resolutions indicating their intent to stand for gun ownership rights. Local governments in Kentucky and across the nation are passing similar resolutions or declaring themselves "sanctuary jurisdictions" in the face of so-called "red flag laws" aimed at gun control.
State Sen. Robby Mills, R-Henderson, who represents six western Kentucky counties, including the two that passed resolutions last week, said the measures are mostly symbolic and hold no power to protect local jurisdictions from state or federal law. However, they serve an important purpose, he adds.
"I think the resolutions that local governments have been passing are very effective reminders for the state legislature of how important the Second Amendment is to a large majority of Kentuckians," Mills said.
He said with the GOP holding the majority in both the Kentucky House and Senate, there is little concern over the state curbing Second Amendment rights granted by the U.S. Constitution.