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Rutherford County Becomes Second Amendment Sanctuary

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

Brady Lundt, MTN Reporter

Feb. 14th, 2020

The Rutherford County Commission unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday to declare the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

District 8 Commissioner Peetus Read sponsored the resolution and read it before the council, stating the commission reaffirmed its support of the Second Amendment and the rights of citizens “to keep and bear arms for self-defense, personal safety, protection of one’s family and defense of one’s community and county.”

Four citizens spoke in support of the measure, including retired MTSU professor and lieutenant colonel Michael Hiett.

“We need to send a message,” he said, “to not only the citizens of our county and state, but the whole country: that we will stand by and stand up for our natural-born, God-given rights that our founders enshrined in our Constitution.”

A petition in support of the resolution gained almost one thousand signatures prior to the vote.


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