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Cherokee County In Iowa Becomes The First Second Amendment Sanctuary Of 2022 

On Monday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors overwhelmingly passed a resolution designating the county as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. Cherokee County is the first county in the state to do so in 2022, and the 31st overall, the Iowa Firearms Coalition says.

Dave Funk, the president of the Iowa Firearms Coalition expressed gratitude toward the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, in a statement, saying  “One of our legislative goals this year in Iowa is to make the whole state a Second Amendment Sanctuary, and this is another excellent step in that direction,” Funk said.

Mitchell, Chickasaw, Pocahontas, Hardin, Carroll, Jasper, Cedar, Washington, Madison, Mills, Adams, Clarke, Humboldt, Kossuth, Ringgold, Buchanan, Van Buren, Winnebago, Decatur, Dallas, Guthrie, Benton, Page, Lucas, Taylor, Union, Hancock, Buena Vista, Pottawattamie, and Wayne are additional Iowa counties designated as Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties by the Iowa Firearms Coalition.

Second Amendment Sanctuaries Spreading Nationwide

Cherokee County’s decision came just days before Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s (R) announcement Wednesday that his state will pass constitutional carry legislation this spring.

Despite the fact that just 21 states have passed constitutional carry legislation, with Florida on pace to become the 22nd state, the majority of the country has made strides toward constitutional carry and Second Amendment Sanctuary. Especially at the county level. Numerous counties and states have been classified as “Second Amendment Sanctuaries,” or locations where the right to carry firearms is safeguarded, by local laws.

At least 1,965 counties in the United States have state or local Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions, ordinances, or legislation. This figure represents 62.5 percent of the total number of counties in the United States.

Congressional Second Amendment Sanctuary Laws

In Congress, Republicans arew working on a Second Amendment Sanctuary-type law that would make concealed carry permits reciprocal across the whole United States. The Bill, S. 1522, was introduced back in April of 2021, but has currently been stalled in a committee. 

The bill would still work, however, with states that do not have permits, so long as the state legally allows said person to possess and carry a firearm. This means that, a state that is a Second Amendment Sanctuary, like Texas, would allow Texans, when they visit all other states that have gun permit laws, to carry their firearms without a permit.

The bill was introduced and sponsored by John Cornyn (R-TX), and has 35 co-sponsors from 23 states.

– John Paluska, CNJ Staff

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