BOLIVIA, N.C. (WECT) - Brunswick County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Monday to declare the county a “constitutional protected rights county.”
The proposed resolution reaffirms the board of commissioners’ support of the right citizens have to legally possess and use firearms. It also “further pledges to oppose, within the legal means, efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such Second Amendment Rights.”
“It just reinforces our support the constitution and telling Brunswick County citizens that they have a right to the second amendment. It’s the law of our land and we will uphold the law of the constitution because we took that oath,” said Brunswick County commissioner Pat Sykes.
Many county residents showed up to the meeting in full support of the resolution.
Debra Jensen spent most of her life in New York and says she actually moved to North Carolina so her second amendment right could be protected.
“I don’t feel like anybody should have to tell me how to be able to protect myself, my family and my friends. I used to be afraid of guns and then I learned how to use them safely. I have a military family and I’m in support of our rights given to us by our forefathers,” Jensen said.
Not everyone in attendance was happy with the resolution being passed. The Brunswick County chapter of the NAACP announced Monday that it is adamantly opposed to making Brunswick County a constitutional rights protected county.
After the resolution passed, Brunswick County chapter NAACP president Carl Parker said he supports the second amendment, but takes issue with high powered assault rifles that contribute to mass shootings. He believes those kind of rifles should only be for those who need them.
“Let the police officers handle the high powered guns. Citizens shouldn’t have a gun that has that much power to destroy," said Parker.