The Long County Commission at its March 5 meeting adopted a resolution to preserve and protect the second amendment of the constitution, which addresses the rights of citizens to own firearms.
An excerpt from the resolution states that “Long County, Georgia, will not enforce any unlawful and unconstitutional statutes, executive orders or other regulations and proclamations which conflict, and are expressly preempted, by the United States Supreme Court’s rulings on the right of an individual to keep and bear arms.”
An additional excerpt states, “the Board of County Commissioners of Long County, Georgia, calls upon the United States Congress, the Governor of the State of Georgia and all elected officials of the state of Georgia to preserve and defend the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States as an individual right of the citizens of the state of Georgia and to nullify any statutes, executive orders or other regulations and proclamations that infringe on the right of an individual to keep and bear arms.”
This issue first was addressed at the commission’s February meeting when Kenny Long and Garrett Anderson asked the board to adopt a resolution ensuring the county would not enforce any laws that violate local citizens’ rights to bear arms.
The request was tabled after several commissioners questioned the legality of it and said they wanted to gather input from the community and check with the county attorney.
During the March meeting, Long and Anderson again went before the commission and asked whether the matter had been decided.
Commissioner Clifton DeLoach made a motion to adopt the ordinance, and Commissioner David Richardson seconded it. The motion passed unanimously with commissioners Wallace Shaw and Bobby Walker also voting in favor. Commissioner Andy Fuller did not attend the meeting.
After the meeting, Anderson commented on the commissioners’ action.
“I’m glad the commissioners adopted this resolution that protects the Second Amendment,” he said. “Them passing it shows that they took their oath to protect the constitution seriously.”
In other business:
• Walker reported that asphalt had been laid at Simmons railroad crossing. He said local developer Bill Nutting would pave the area from the crossing to a proposed subdivision that he would building.
• Recreation Department Director Michelle Rogers reported that approximately 400 children had signed up to play T-ball, softball and baseball. She also said the Long County 4-H Club would operate the concessions stand this year.
• Commissioners praised the road department’s work during the recent excessive rains.
• Walker reported that a $400,000 historical grant that had been approved for the old railroad depot would not cover the cost to remodel the building. He said that under federal requirements, it would cost more to remodel it than to forfeit the grant and hire a contractor to do the work as a local project.
• Commissioners decided to accept bids to provide emergency medical services to the county. Walker reported that a contract proposal would be run in the legal organ within 30 days.
• Local contractor Bo Dunham complained about the environmental-health office. DeLoach said that he would address the matter.