Counties in AZ, FL, NC Declaring 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Status

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo Hank Johnson displays his handgun, in Springboro, Ohio. Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, June 9, 2016, that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
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Counties in Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina have declared Second Amendment sanctuary status this week as grassroots efforts to protect gun rights sweep the country.

The Daily Courier reports that over 200 people showed up to Arizona’s Yavapai County’s board meeting this week and the 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolution was passed.

News4Jax reports that Florida’s St. John’s County commissioners voted unanimously for a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution, bringing the number of 2A sanctuary counties in the Sunshine State to nearly 30. The St. John’s resolution means the county will not “enforce gun laws it feels are unconstitutional or violate the Second Amendment.”

WFMY reports that North Carolina’s Rockingham County passed its resolution on Tuesday night. A “standing room only” crowd supporting the resolution filled the county commissioner meeting.

Over 100 local governments in Virginia have declared Second Amendment sanctuary status since Gov. Ralph Northam (D) intimated a war on guns in early November 2019. Nearly 70 counties in Illinois have declared Second Amendment sanctuary status as well.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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