BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County has officially joined Jackson, Walton and other Florida counties by declaring itself a second amendment sanctuary.
What is a Second Amendment Sanctuary? One Bay County commissioner says the declaration is the county's way of showing support for the amendment. (MGN)
Bay County commissioner William "Bill" Dozier said, "for any action that may come our way in the future we just wanted to go ahead and let people know where we stand on the Second Amendment- that we do support it."
Bay County commissioners say the move demonstrates a commitment by the board to protect the second amendment.
Bay Guns and Gear manager Fred Cross says Bay County commissioners made the right choice. He said, "the Second Amendment says that people have rights and Bay County just affirmed those rights."
Cross added, "many, many, many people in the state of Florida have already taken advantage of Florida's concealed carry laws and do conceal carry without problems. The people that are causing problems are not people that would get a concealed carry permit."
Cross thinks it's possible that he may be seeing more sales now that Bay County is officially a Second Amendment sanctuary. But some worry the declaration could open the door to negative repercussions.
"What we're getting toward with all these sanctuary cities popping up is frankly flirting with anarchy," said Patricia Brigham, president of the Florida League of Women Voters.
The league calls themselves a "non-partisan" group that supports the regulation of gun sales.
Brigham said, "they should be taking a close look at the near-daily acts of gun violence in our state and nation. Domestic gun violence is a huge problem. So if you want to take the Second Amendment seriously you had better protect the Second Amendment by enforcing smart gun legislation."
While calling itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary may not change much about the way bay county operates, or have any legal ramifications, it does seem to be part of a growing trend across the country.
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