Rhode Islanders have long been voicing their opinion about the restrictive gun laws that the legislature continues to push through. The latest news from the country’s smallest state pertains to the brave decision by the second town in Rhode Island to declare themselves a “sanctuary state” for individuals who want to retain their Second Amendment rights.
While there are four more towns considering these actions, the first two — Hopkintown and Burrillville — are leading the charge against laws that they feel go against the Constitution of the United States. Staying within the confines of these laws, which includes a state-wide ban on what is considered high-capacity magazines, is clearly too confining for these northeastern rebels.
Civil Disobedience in Rhode Island
Rhode Islanders are extremely proud of their tiny sliver of land, but they are certainly not loving these recent laws that severely restrict their rights to keep and bear arms. They are a hardy bunch, known for their ability to laugh in the face of massive storms, so it shouldn’t be surprising that they are uninterested in following a law that they don’t believe in.
This level of respect comes with their ability to maintain their firearms and having several towns declare themselves a sanctuary where gun rights are protected sounds about par for the course. This level of civil disobedience may be something that you would expect from California folk, where they are creating sanctuary states and counties where illegal immigrants can congregate safely outside of the law. The northeastern folk are every bit as adamant about protecting their gun rights, though.
Second Amendment Sanctuaries
There are small pockets of resistance throughout the country where it is safe to take your firearm and your “massive” 10-round ammunition holsters and enjoy a nice afternoon of target practice. Maybe even through in a semi-automatic rifle, if you’re feeling frisky!
Rhode Island joins Kansas with their state-wide Second Amendment Protection Act and Oregon’s Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance as the place to be if you are a gun owner. While Rhode Island has not (yet) adopted a state-wide stance that will be protective of gun rights, the adoption of the concept by these six patriot cities is a good start to that movement. There are local laws in a variety of states, including:
Even New York has its own version of a Second Amendment sanctuary policy.
Rhode Island Governor Fights Back
Rhode Island’s current governor, Gina Raimondo, is trying to drive forward a statewide ban on assault weapons, so-called high-capacity magazines and a complete ban on guns in schools. While the legislature is still considering several of these measures, she is adamant that every county and town follows the rules.
It should not be surprising that Governor Raimondo is a Democrat, but there are a number of Republican lawmakers throughout the historically blue state, there is a broad central area that voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. These are some of the same individuals who are now fighting to keep their Constitutional rights intact in the wake of the devastating legislation that is sweeping throughout the country. Republican leaders in Rhode Island including State Senator Elaine Morgan are asking their areas of the state to declare themselves for gun rights.
With the four additional cities of Glocester, Richmond, Foster and West Greenwich all considering declaring themselves a location where gun owners and operators can safely enjoy their firearms, it’s only a matter of time before this matter boils over into the state as lawmakers attempt to bring these Rhode Island patriots to order.
Protecting our Second Amendment rights is crucial for all people, as left-wing liberals are continually chipping away at our ability to purchase, enjoy and maintain weapons in our homes and places of business. Without this fundamental right, many true Americans believe that the country will continue its slide into liberalism as rights are continually suppressed — starting with the right to keep and bear arms.
~ Ready to Fire News
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