The Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement Makes Its Way To New York

One county in New York is sick of the state’s gun control law and intends to become a second amendment sanctuary. A gun-rights group has been collecting petitions from various businesses across the state to declare Lewis county a second amendment sanctuary. The gun-rights group, Lewis County and Towns 2A Sanctuary, started as a Facebook group before the idea became popular and members decided to pursue the second amendment sanctuary status for Lewis County. The group has collected petitions from 37 businesses within the county.

The spokesperson for the group Patrick Morse said that tougher gun control laws in the state left firearms only in the hands of the government and the criminals. He added that disarming the law-abiding citizens was the wrong approach towards the security problem. Mr. Morse indicated that residents were sick of the state ignoring their opinions and enforcing laws without involving the public.

Although the local members have not discussed the idea, the group has gained support from one local official, Sheriff Mike Carpinelli, who thinks it’s a fantastic idea.

“This wasn’t my idea – just some fantastic like-minded citizens that have finally had enough with the Albany bureaucracy, no representation,” Sheriff Carpinelli said. The passing of stricter gun control laws in the state has caused dissent among residents who felt that the state was infringing on their rights.

New York is among jurisdictions with the toughest gun control laws. Most of the arrests involving breaching of SAFE Act take place in New York City while sheriffs outside the city are lax in enforcing gun control laws. The city’s gun control legacy has racist roots from policies enacted by Michael Bloomberg as a mayor of the city. Bloomberg was responsible for the stop and frisk firearm policy targeting Black people.

Declaring second amendment status will restrict District Attorneys and local sheriffs and from participating in gun control activities. Although the Second Amendment sanctuary status is a new phenomenon there, the state already halted the enforcement of the Safe Act after Governor Cuomo made a deal with the Republican majority.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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