HARRISONVILLE – The Cass County Commission on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to affirm the county’s commitment to the Second Amendment. The commissions’ support coincides with the Missouri General Assembly’s efforts to pass a Second Amendment Protection Act.
Associate Commissioner District 1 Monty Kisner, and Associate Commissioner District 2 Ryan Johnson voted for the resolution. Presiding Commissioner Bob Huston was absent and could not vote but shared his support through other commissioners.
“We have all taken an oath to defend the constitutions of the United States and the state of Missouri and so have other county elected officials and county law enforcement officers,” said Kisner. “That oath is undeniable, even if the federal government passes a law that is clearly unconstitutional.”
The county’s resolution specifically addresses the rights of citizens to bear arms as set out in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and in Article 1, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution.
“The right to bear arms is one of the pillars of our republic,” said Johnson. “Federal attempts to weaken that right are unconstitutional, and state and local officials should not be bound to unconstitutional laws.”
Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber also supports the resolution.
“I commend and support the Cass County Commission’s signing of this resolution. While I believe the United States Constitution is absolute, and the foundation of law in our country and requires no enhancement in State Statute or County Ordinance, I have spoken with a considerable number of Cass County citizens who are concerned with possible infringements on their second amendment rights. This resolution is an affirmation to the oath of office that we took as elected officials in Cass County to uphold the Constitution” said Sheriff Weber.
The Missouri legislature is debating House Bill 85 which creates a Second Amendment Preservation Act to declare invalid any federal law or action that infringes on an individual’s right to bear arms.
The legislation also prevents local and state law enforcement from enforcing any such federal laws or executive actions.