FOREST CITY, Iowa – The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday to make their county Iowa’s 18th Second Amendment Sanctuary.
Winnebago County joins Mitchell, Chickasaw, Pocahontas, Hardin, Carroll, Jasper, Cedar, Washington, Madison, Mills, Adams, Clarke, Humboldt, Kossuth, Ringgold, Buchanan, and Wayne counties in declaring themselves a sanctuary for Second Amendment rights.
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. Currently, 18 percent of Iowa’s counties are now Second Amendment sanctuary counties.
“We are truly amazed but not surprised to see many of Iowa’s local elected officials taking a stand against Constitutional infringements,” Michael Ware, chairman of Iowa Firearms Coalition, said in a released statement. “It is our hope Governor Kim Reynolds will take notice of this clear trend sweeping across the Hawkeye state and in turn will issue a proclamation soon declaring all of Iowa a Second Amendment Sanctuary.”
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.
Hancock and Guthrie counties’ supervisors are expected to vote on their own Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions next week.