Nelson County Sheriff backs 2nd Amendment sanctuary

Posted at 6:21 AM, Jan 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-04 07:19:02-05

NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Nelson County Sheriff Ramon Pineiroa announced on Friday that he will back a resolution to make Nelson County a 2nd Amendment sanctuary.

“I am pro 2nd Amendment. You won’t find many in the law enforcement profession that are not," Pineiroa stated on the Nelson County Sheriff's Office facebook page.

Pineiroa went on to state:

"To me, the resolution is a restatement of the 2nd Amendment. It references previous Supreme Court rulings regarding our right to bear arms and the Due Process Clause of the 14th amendment. It expresses concern and opposition to any laws that may infringe or unconstitutionally restrict citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms.”

Pineiroa did voice concerns with the resolution, stating there are situations where confiscating guns is necessary. Pineiroa wants to make sure citizens understand the non-existent power behind a resolution. A resolution is not a law and does not supersede any law.

Pineiroa's example was:

“A Deputy must confiscate weapons from an EPO/IPO/DVO or mentally ill or Court Order and regular citizens will think they don’t have to surrender their firearms since Nelson County will be a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County. This increases the volatility of these types of call for service."

Pineiroa said he is open to discuss his backing of the resolution with anyone.

"As Sheriff I don't have a vote in this matter. But my suggestion is to contact your legislators, they are the ones who will have the ultimate impact in any new laws," Pinieroa said.

He went on to state:

"I will not go back and forth on social media, but I have an open door policy. Anyone can stop by the Sheriff's Office and we can talk about any concerns. Feel free to attend any of our town hall meetings to discuss."

The full resolution for declaring Nelson County a Second Amendment County can be found below.