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HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (1/7/20) — It was standing room only today during a Hopkins Fiscal Court meeting as a unified coalition gathered to defend their rights to bear arms.

Magistrates unanimously approved a resolution in support of the U.S. Constitution Second Amendment that “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 …," unconnected to military service and for traditionally lawful purposes to defend oneself in the home, incorporated by the 14th Amendment’s due process.

Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield said the court supports the rights of all citizens in Hopkins County to keep and bear arms. Whitfield also expressed opposition to any law that would unconstitutionally restrict those rights, requesting that no state or federal legislators pass laws to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

Whitfield recommends people also contact legislators to voice concerns related to proposed firearms legislation.

“We will let them know our voices will be heard,” the judge said.

The recently organized group, Kentucky United Hopkins County, says it stands for Second Amendment rights in a peaceful, party-neutral manner through communication and action.

Organizer David Thomson spoke on behalf of supporters, saying ... “In a time where our country seems to be allowing itself to be divided by nearly every topic of governance, I think it necessary to proclaim that this matter should be one of unification, as everyone’s common desire should always be the safety of the people: our families, friends and neighbors.”

Thomson noted Kentucky legislators’ recently proposed Red Flag law and assault weapons ban would be a “massive overreach” of the Second and 14th Amendments. He believes legislation could better serve by implementing sentencing guidelines with heightened penalties involving weapons violations to deter crime, especially concerning armed felons and the way courts are handling gun violence.

“As we understand it, this is more of a formality,” Thomson said. “The main reason we wanted to stand up and be vocal, is that we want to make our legislators in Frankfort understand and see there are better ways they can exercise their energy and efforts in enforcing present laws that we already have. We need more oversight on the ones that are already in place.”

The resolution is copied below:

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