The Letcher County Fiscal Court was expected to insert itself squarely into a national controversy December 30 when it had scheduled a special called meeting for 6 p.m. to discuss passage of a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” resolution.
The resolutions have become a staple of Republican-controlled local governments in several states. What started as a spark in early 2018, became a raging inferno in Virginia in December after white nationalist radio host Hal Turner posted a hoax story on his website December 13, claiming Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam had ordered plans drawn up to cut off “electricity, telephones/FAXES, Cellular phones AND DATA, as well as the Internet, in areas where he plans to send Virginia National Guard Troops to forcibly seize guns when the Democrat legislature convenes in January!”
Letcher County began considering the resolution after self-described militia member and “Constitutionalist” David Johnson attended the regular court meeting on December 16 and asked the court to pass the resolution to stop any attempt by the state or federal government to pass “red flag laws” that would allow temporary confiscation of guns from people convicted of certain violent crimes, adjudicated mentally ill by a court, or committed to a psychiatric hospital.
Legal experts say such local resolutions would have no effect.
A story detailing the origins of the movement appears on Page 4.