An analysis has revealed that more than three-fifths of all U.S. counties are so-called “Second Amendment sanctuaries” after a number of states this year passed legislation declaring them as such.
The website, Sanctuary Counties, found on June 20 that there are now 1,930 counties that are “protected by Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation at either the state or county level,” representing 61 percent of all counties.
It noted that a number of states have passed “Constitutional Carry” laws, while specifically, approximately 1,137 counties “have taken it upon themselves to pass Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation and likely hundreds of cities, townships, boroughs, etc have done so at their level as well.”
“We have seen plenty of news about Constitutional Carry, which is another movement that we are actually quite supportive of,” the site wrote. “Yet the mainstream news has remained relatively silent regarding the massive Second Amendment Sanctuary movement, which leads us to a few questions.”
In an attempt to clarify the difference between the two, Sanctuary Counties noted that the “Second Amendment Sanctuary movement” is from the bottom-up and a grassroots movement. The Epoch Times has contacted Sanctuary Counties for comment.
It comes as after every sheriff in the state of Utah in mid-June signed a letter stating they would attempt to safeguard the Second Amendment.
“Importantly, the Second Amendment of our divinely inspired Constitution clearly states … ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed,’” said the statement (pdf), which was signed by all 29 sheriffs in the state, and was released via Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen’s office on June 15. “We hereby recognize a significant principle underlying the Second Amendment: the right to keep and bear arms is indispensable to the existence of a free people.”