Post Tribune- Chicago
BROOKVILLE (AP) — A Franklin County commission has passed an ordinance meant to exempt the county from federal gun control laws — a move that experts say is likely to fail and that comes amid renewed debate about whether the nation’s gun laws are sufficient.
The ordinance that the Franklin County commission passed unanimously Tuesday says the county doesn’t recognize any past, present or future federal law that violates the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The statute doesn’t specify what federal restrictions on gun ownership, if any, would be acceptable.
County Commissioner Tom Wilson admitted that the ordinance might not hold water.
“I don’t really know how much teeth it has or anything,” Wilson told the Connersville News-Examiner. “But I think it’s time to express our feelings. … It has to do with our Second Amendment, guns, gun control and infringement on our right to keep and bear arms.”
Franklin County may be the first in Indiana to pass such an ordinance, said Stephanie Yager, executive director of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners. She said she isn’t aware of any other local government adopting an act stating it will not recognize federal laws on gun control.
Similar legislation has been introduced in several other states, however, including Texas, Missouri, Utah, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kentucky, Alaska and Virginia.