NEWBERRY, Fla. (WCJB)- The Newberry City Commission reached a unanimous vote to accept the resolution deeming Newberry a Second Amendment sanctuary city. THis means the city now affirms the rights guaranteed by the Constitution's Second Amendment involving gun laws.
The idea to vote on this resolution first came up at last month's commission meeting. Newberry City Mayor Jordan Marlow said the city's been discussing the resolution.
"You know in our city, this came up about two or three weeks before Christmas. So we first began to discuss it right at that point in time."
Newberry Commissioner Tim Marden said it's important for the commission to have a formal voice to protect gun rights for residents.
“I think the Newberry community values their personal freedoms and liberties more so I guess than any of the surrounding areas so I think it's important that the commission lend our voice for the broader community at large."
Mayor Marlowe further explained why the decision was so important.
"We're going to reaffirm our commitment to the Constitution and all of its parts. We're going to recognize that the Second Amendment is particularly under attack today and that each and every single one of us has a Constitutional obligation to stand up against those attacks."
This resolution is basically a statement assuring residents that the city will not use resources to enforce gun control measures violating the Second Amendment.
Jack Pickett, owner of Pickett Weaponry and Guns in Newberry said sales won't be affected by the change but he's still in support of his Constitutional rights.
"I don't think that we're going to see a sales increase as a result of the Second Amendment sanctuary city. What I think is, is that the city of Newberry is trying to send a message to the county and the state to let them know that some of the knee jerk reactions to some of the laws that they've created in the last year or so are futile."
The city of Newberry joins other places in North Central Florida such as Bradford, Union and Levy counties as Second Amendment sanctuary areas.