Cherokee County adopts ‘Second Amendment Preservation Resolution’

COLUMBUS, Kan. – Cherokee County passed a “Second Amendment Preservation Resolution” on Monday. We went to find out what it is and why not everyone is on board.

We spoke with Cherokee County Clerk Kyle Rennie about the second amendment preservation resolution adopted by county commissioners Monday to find out exactly what it’s for. “Well it would give Cherokee County the authority to stop federal authorities from coming in here if they would ever try to enact a confiscation, we have the right to stand on our own authority.”

Rennie says it doesn’t just apply to federal authorities. Right now, the state of Kansas has a similar resolution on the books, adopted in 2013, however, Rennie says if that should ever change, this local resolution would protect the county. “So we are protecting ourselves from those forces that want to regulate our firearms, regulate them very heavily like what has been taking place out in the state of Virginia.”

And Rennie says this is something that is becoming a trend across the nation and the state of Kansas. “Yes this is an upward trend, Cherokee County is being watched all over the state of Kansas as we did this, our commissioners have been contacted by multiple counties in the state of Kansas to see what we’re doing and waiting to see what we have done so that they could take similar action.”

We also spoke with Toni Speith with the Cherokee County Democrats who voiced concerns about the resolution at the first meeting it was brought up in. “I believe in the 2nd Amendment, I would never want to take any law abiding citizens guns away, but I think portions of this resolution are actually unconstitutional, and could actually be considered malpractice if they are carried out.”

Her concern is it gives too much authority to the local level. “There’s a disregard for the Supreme Court laws, and I believe that they are the law of the land and we have to go by them and I think this resolution goes against them.”

Speith says she fears this could open a Pandora’s Box of sorts, allowing counties or municipalities the ability to adopt similar resolutions to stop the federal government from interfering with anything the local governments disagree with.

Missouri was one of three states that introduced similar legislation in 2019. Kansas is one of seven states nationwide that already have second amendment protection act’s on the books.