Second Amendment Sanctuary

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States and counties that have passed Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions.

Second Amendment Sanctuary, also referred to as Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance[1] or Second Amendment Protection Act,[2] refers to resolutions adopted by some jurisdictions in the United States to not expend resources to enforce certain gun control measures perceived as violative of the Second Amendment. The sanctuary nomenclature is an allusion to sanctuary cities, jurisdictions that have resolved to not assist federal enforcement of immigration laws against illegal aliens.[3][4][5][6]

State Laws[edit]


On September 10, 2013, Governor Sean Parnell signed HB 69.[7][8] The text can be read here.[9]


On March 19, 2014, Governor Butch Otter signed SB 1332.[10][11] The text can be read here.[12] Previously, HJM 3 was passed in 2009.[13] That text can be read here.[14]


On April 16, 2013, Governor Sam Brownback signed the Second Amendment Protection Act.[15][2] The text can be read here.[16]

Local laws[edit]


32 out of 64 counties have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions:[17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]


62 out of 102 counties and 1 city have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions:[25][26][27][28]


3 out of 23 counties have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions:[29]


Eureka sheriffs have vowed to defy the universal background check law in response to the universal background check law passed in February 2019.[30]

4 out of 16 counties have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions:[31]

New Mexico[edit]

30 out of 33 county sheriffs have signed a letter by the New Mexico Sheriffs Association vowing to not assist in enforcing certain gun control.[32] Taos initially passed a resolution[33] but later repealed it.[34]

25 out of 33 counties have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions:[35][36]

New York[edit]

County opposition to SAFE Act

The SAFE Act was passed in 2013. After passage, New York counties started passing resolutions opposing the SAFE Act. There are currently 52 out of 62 counties with such resolutions. The New York State Sheriffs Association sued to block the law.[44]

1 out of 62 counties and 1 town have adopted resolutions against some gun control:[45]

North Carolina[edit]

1 out of 100 counties have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions:[46]


13 out of 36 counties have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions:[47][48][49][50]


24 out of 39 counties have sheriffs that have vowed to not enforce I-1639 while it is being challenged in court:[51][52][53]


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