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Demonstrators demand Second Amendment protection in Nelson County

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Jan 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-19 16:10:13-05

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB/LEX 18) — Demonstrators gathered in Nelson County on Sunday to fight against gun control laws.

The group said they'd like to see county officials pass a resolution that ensures the Second Amendment is protected no matter what.

More than 100 people voiced their opinions loud and clear at the Nelson County Courthouse.

Some of the rally attendees said they feel the Second Amendment is under attack in states like Virginia, where lawmakers are seriously considering several gun control measures. They fear similar measures could be enacted in Kentucky in future years.

"The Second Amendment doesn't give us rights," said one of the speakers. "It's supposed to keep the government from taking them away."

The rally was organized by a group called Nelson County United, which is pressuring the fiscal court in Nelson County to pass a resolution that makes the county's support of the Second Amendment crystal clear. It's a measure some argue doesn't do anything and is a waste of time for a fiscal court to even consider.

It's also a measure the fiscal court in Nelson County doesn't yet support, according to Nelson County United organizer Matt Lacy, even though it has been passed in plenty of other Kentucky counties.

"I never in a million years thought that we would get the type of opposition from our leaders that we're getting," Lacy said.
Lacy and others at Saturday's gathering vowed to replace their magistrates if they don't pass the resolution soon.

Several of the speakers at the event encouraged people in the crowd to run for government office.

Mark Ballard, who attended the rally, is considering running for office and hopes others will do the same to help protect the Second Amendment from infringement.

"It can happen anywhere if people are not vigilant," he warned.

WDRB News contacted multiple magistrates for comment but has yet to get a response.