Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane has joined several other Oklahoma sheriffs in declaring their counties Second Amendment sanctuaries.
A Second Amendment sanctuary, also known as a gun sanctuary, is a state, county or locality in the United States that has adopted laws or resolutions that oppose, or purport to prohibit or impede, the enforcement of certain gun control measures.
In an official statement released Jan. 26, Lane said:
“I am joining many other sheriffs across Oklahoma who have declared their counties to be Second Amendment sanctuaries. It is my intention by making this declaration to enforce our lawful citizens’ rights to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment clearly outlines that citizens can have firearms in their homes for self-defense so long as they are law-abiding citizens and are not otherwise prohibited to possess firearms. I swore an oath to the Constitution and will always stand by that oath.
“As sheriff and chief law enforcement officer of Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, it will always be the goal of the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office to provide service and protection to the people of Sequoyah County without infringing on their rights to possess firearms to protect themselves and their property.
“I am also declaring my support for Senator Warren Hamilton’s Senate Bill 631 of the first session of the 58th Oklahoma Legislature of 2021. If Senator Hamilton’s bill is passed, it will make the entire state of Oklahoma a Second Amendment sanctuary.”
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.
The Second Amendment sanctuary declaration movement among sheriffs is considered to be primarily a symbolic gesture of support.
Oklahoma's permitless carry law allows anyone age 21 or over, unless disqualified from possessing a firearm under state and federal law, to carry without a permit.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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