County approves Second Amendment sanctuary resolution

Published 10:32 am Thursday, January 23, 2020

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With no discussion and a unanimous vote, Jessamine County officials approved a resolution making the county a Second Amendment sanctuary Tuesday.

A crowd filled the Jessamine County Fiscal Courtroom for the event.

The resolution calls for the fiscal court to “express opposition to any law that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights of the citizens of Jessamine County to keep and bear arms” and “to oppose, within the limits of the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, any efforts to restrict” the right to keep and bear arms and “unconstitutionally restrict such rights.”

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The crowd applauded following the unanimous vote.

Jessamine County Judge-Executive David West said he spoke with the county’s state legislators and said all three supported the resolution.

“They are all anxious to hear from you,” West told the audience.

The Second Amendment sanctuary movement started in December 2019 in Virginia as a Democrat-controlled state government promised new gun control laws. Since then, a number of counties in Virginia and other states, including Kentucky, approved similar resolutions.

In other action, the fiscal court:

— appointed Rod Long to the fire board.

— re-appointed Doug Fain and Steven Vinson to the joint tourism commission.

— approved the creation of an advanced EMT position with Jessamine County EMS.

— hired Houston Chamblin and Matt Wickham as full-time EMTs with Jessamine County EMS.

— hired Ciera Denton, Miriam Lancaster and Luis Soler as part-time EMTs with Jessamine County EMS.

— accepted the resignations of part-time paramedic Bryan Davis and full-time paramedic Janine Mackey from Jessamine County EMS. Mackey requested to become a part-time paramedic.

— transferred full-time EMT Justice Welch to advanced EMT.

— approved the lone bid for fire monitoring from American Fire of $7,034.

— approved a change order for the Jessamine County Detention Center roof replacement project to add work days.

— approved the High Bridge Pavilion lease with the Kentucky River Authority.

— approved the 2020 memorandum of agreement with the Bluegrass Area Development District for professional planning assistance.

— approved a change order for the courthouse renovation to include installation of the statues. West said using local companies for the work would save at least $30,000.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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