(Brookville, Ind.) - Franklin County is the first Indiana county to pass an ordinance protecting citizens’ gun rights against federal law.
On Tuesday, the county commissioners unanimously voted 3-0 to pass the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” reports the Connersville News Examiner. The act declares all federal laws on gun control violate the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment and will be considered null and void in the county.
Franklin County Commissioner Tom Wilson admitted to the newspaper that he’s not sure how much authority the ordinance will really have.
“But I think it’s time to express our feelings,” Wilson said.
A similar proposal is being considered at the state level. State Senator Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) recently filed Senate Bill 230.
If SB 230 becomes law, the legislation would allow the General Assembly to declare any federal act, order, law, rule, regulation, or statute in violation of the U.S. Constitution and thus void in Indiana. Any attempt to enforce a law that the legislature deems unconstitutional – such as the Affordable Care Act – would become a Class D felony.
The bill has been sent to the Senate Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure, where it has not come up for a vote yet.