GARNER, Iowa – The Hancock County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution on Monday to make the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. There are now 28 Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties in Iowa.
Iowa Firearms Coalition celebrated the news.
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors for voting to affirm the rights of those they serve,” Dave Funk, president of Iowa Firearms Coalition, said in a released statement. “As some in Washington are working harder than ever to erode Second Amendment rights, it is now more important than ever that other Iowa counties follow the example of Hancock County.”
The Union County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a similar resolution last week making their county Iowa’s 27th Second Amendment Sanctuary County.
“We are excited to see yet another Iowa county is standing up for their constitutional rights,” Funk said after last week’s vote. “We would like to thank the Union County Board of Supervisors for taking this important step toward advancing civil rights in the Hawkeye State and we are optimistic, now that nearly 1/3rd of counties in Iowa have become Second Amendment Sanctuaries in recent months, our lawmakers in Des Moines will soon take steps to make all of Iowa a Second Amendment Sanctuary.”
Mitchell, Chickasaw, Pocahontas, Hardin, Carroll, Jasper, Cedar, Washington, Madison, Mills, Adams, Clarke, Humboldt, Kossuth, Ringgold, Buchanan, Van Buren, Winnebago, Decatur, Dallas, Guthrie, Benton, Page, Lucas, Taylor, and Wayne counties passed similar resolutions.
Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions at the county level do not supersede federal law, but they do prevent local resources from being used to enforce measures that are at odds with the U.S. Constitution.
Iowa Firearms Coalition has worked with state and local elected officials to protect the right of Iowans to keep and bear arms in the wake of threats by some in Washington, D.C. to support actions which would infringe upon the Second Amendment.