February 20th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

County commission can’t pull trigger on 2nd Amendment resolution

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A resolution outlining Carter County’s disdain for new federal gun regulations and encouraging state lawmakers to nullify federal laws or orders infringing on Second Amendment rights failed to win enough votes to trigger its passage Tuesday.

Photo by Danny DavisCounty Mayor Leon Humphrey addresses the County Commission during Tuesday night's meeting. Humphrey said his motivation for requesting a resolution in regard to Second Amendment rights was not politically-motivated.

Photo by Danny Davis
County Mayor Leon Humphrey addresses the County Commission during Tuesday night’s meeting. Humphrey said his motivation for requesting a resolution in regard to Second Amendment rights was not politically-motivated.

While the measure received more favorable votes – 12-8, with Jo Ann Blankenship abstaining – it did not meet the required two-thirds majority needed for approval.

Commissioners expressed several misgivings toward the resolution.

Commissioner Steve Lowrance, who was the first to address the resolution, suggested the resolution may have been more politically motivated than sincere.

“This reeks of politics,” Lowrance said. “I’m not going to pander for re-election votes. If we pass this, it has no teeth.”

County Mayor Leon Humphrey, who asked County Attorney Keith Bowers to draft the resolution, defended his intentions, saying his motivations were the comments and concerns of citizens, not politics.

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