Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation that designates the state as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State” on April 14.
Ricketts said in a video, “Nebraska has always been a state that has supported our Second Amendment rights. As a symbol of that support, I am signing a proclamation declaring Nebraska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, and with my signature, it will become official.”
A Second Amendment sanctuary is a city, county, or other jurisdiction that has adopted a resolution declaring that restrictive gun control laws passed by a higher legislative body, such as the federal government or a state legislature, violate the Constitution and will not be enforced in that jurisdiction.
“The White House and U.S. Congress have announced their intention to pursue measures that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms,” the governor said. Ricketts will stand against “federal overreach and attempts to regulate gun ownership.”
President Joe Biden is not going to “wait for Congress to act to take additional executive actions—this is the beginning,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on April 8. “He will continue to have his team review, both from a policy and a legal standpoint, additional executive actions that are possible to take.”
There are states adopting resolutions opposing the enforcement of laws that violate the Second Amendment. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing to become a Second Amendment sanctuary in his state. Cache County, Utah will not enforce federal mandates that infringe on the rights of the Second Amendment. Many other states are considering similar actions.
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—By CNJ Staff