Kentucky Rep. Supports Sheriffs Willing to Go to Jail to Support 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries

Friday, January 3, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Warren Mass
Friday, 03 January 2020

As more states have passed laws that are in direct violation of the Second Amendment’s prohibition against infringement on “the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” more and more local jurisdictions have borrowed a tactic used by the Left to shield illegal aliens and have established Second Amendment “sanctuaries.” And at least one member of Congress has said that he is supportive of local officials who would go to jail rather than enforce unconstitutional anti-Second Amendment laws.

Virginia is ground zero for this new movement to defend gun owners’ rights, as was observed in an article in The New American on December 23.

With Democrats taking control of both houses of the Virginia legislature in the last election for the first time since 1996, Democrat Governor Ralph Northam has promised to work quickly with Democratic leaders to pass measures such as universal background checks, limits on the types and numbers of firearms that can be purchased, and a “red flag” law allowing authorities to seize weapons from someone arbitrarily labeled as a threat.

Anticipating these onerous, unconstitutional anti-gun laws, many local jurisdictions in Virginia and a few other states have fought back. In Virginia alone, over 100 counties and cities have declared themselves as gun sanctuaries.

Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) — who regularly earns a near-perfect score on The New American’s “Freedom Index” — tweeted a message on December 30 supporting the Second Amendment sanctuary movement:

Attended my first 2A sanctuary meeting today in Lewis County (where I live). Standing room only. Friends and neighbors spoke passionately and articulately. County officials unanimously passed a resolution. This grassroots movement feels even stronger than the Tea Party in 2010.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner published on January 2, Massie was so supportive of the movement that he praised local officials who were willing to defend their rights, even to the point of going to jail to defy state-level authorities:

Somebody is going to jail. And it’s probably going to be a public official. And God bless the public officials who are willing to do this so their constituents don’t have to.

In his interview with the Examiner, Massie cited Weld County, Colorado, Sheriff Steve Reams, a strong critic of the state’s “red flag” law, who said he would put himself in his own jail rather than enforce that questionable law.

“[Reams’] county government has already voted to fund his legal fees should he end up in a protracted legal battle that might go all the way” to the Supreme Court, Massie said.

“And so that’s one of the things that when you boil it all down and say, ‘What does the sanctuary county movement mean?’” Massie said. “So, what it could mean is that county governments decide to use taxpayer dollars, with the blessing of the taxpayers in those counties, to support the sheriffs in their court battles.”

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