DES MOINES, Iowa – Chickasaw County’s Board of Supervisors on Monday voted 4 to 1 to approve a resolution making their county the 11th county in the state to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.
They join Adams, Carroll, Clarke, Hardin, Jasper, Madison, Mills, Mitchell, Washington, and Wayne counties, who already passed a similar resolution.
A resolution declaring a county be a Second Amendment sanctuary does not negate federal law. Still, it does prevent local resources from being used to enforce measures that are at odds with the U.S. Constitution.
In June, SanctuaryCounties.com reported 61 percent of the nation’s counties were Second Amendment sanctuary counties. This number has undoubtedly grown since their map did not include any county from Iowa. Now 11 percent of Iowa’s counties are considered Second Amendment sanctuaries.
“Our state is quickly becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” Michael Ware, the chair of Iowa Firearms Coalition, said in a released statement. “As some in Washington continue to ramp up their anti-Constitutional rhetoric, we are only expecting more Iowa counties to follow in Chickasaw’s footsteps.”
Iowa Firearms Coalition, an affiliate of the National Rifle Association, has worked with local officials to encourage Second Amendment sanctuary status by providing a model resolution that county supervisors can adopt as their own.
Read model resolution below:IFC-2A-Sanctuary-Sample
The Iowa Legislature passed a major gun rights bill during the 2021 session, including permitless carry, signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds that went into effect on July 1.