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Cedar County could become third Iowa county this month to become ‘second amendment sancutary’

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 6:29 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Soon, three counties in Iowa could be what’s called “second amendment sanctuaries.”

That means county governments will not enforce federal laws they deem as a counter to their right to bear arms.

Jasper and Hardin Counties voted last week to become second amendment sanctuaries. The Cedar County Board of Supervisors plans to vote on becoming one next week.

Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington supports it.

“We don’t break the law,” Wethington said. “There’s no reason we should have to give up our rights “

Wethington believes the people in Cedar County are pro-second amendment, and he wants to fight for them.

“We’re a rural county,” Wethington said. “We believe and understand the fact that law enforcement, peace officers can’t protect you, that’s misinformation. We can’t be there all the time.”

Traci Kennedy volunteers with the Iowa Chapter of Moms Demand Action. She’s not a fan of the resolutions.

“We really just see them more as an act of extremism,” Kennedy said.

The grassroots movement formed after the Sandy Hook shooting with the goal of reducing gun violence Kennedy thinks second amendment sanctuaries don’t make people safer, and wishes gun rights advocates would have a seat at the table with her group.

“It’s concerning to us that these counties are ready to pass the resolutions,” Kennedy said. “But aren’t ready to protect Iowans from everyday gun violence.”

The sheriff said he’s working with the Iowa Firearms Coalition for the entire state to become a second amendment Sanctuary.

“I would like to see a signal sent to Washington that the state of Iowa is predominantly pro-second amendment,” Wethington said.

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