FROM WEDNESDAY'S HENDERSONVILLE TIMES-NEWS & blueridgenow.com
Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins said Wednesday he would like to see the county endorse a resolution asking the N.C. General Assembly to nullify any federal action within the state that infringes on Second Amendment rights.
Hawkins was speaking at the Republican Men's Club monthly meeting at the Opportunity House, where all five Henderson commissioners shared their immediate and long-term goals for the year.
Hawkins began his speech with the Second Amendment matter, saying he has spoken with County Manager Steve Wyatt about placing it on the agenda for discussion at an upcoming commissioners meeting.
Hawkins' proposed resolution would be modeled on one that Beaufort County commissioners unanimously adopted last week.
Hawkins said he was troubled by President Barack Obama's recent announcement of nearly two dozen executive orders he plans to enact to confront gun violence.
“The American public got duped again and elected (President) Obama,” Hawkins said. “He continues to violate the Constitution, enforce laws that he wants to enforce and step on our rights.”
The Beaufort County resolution directs the county manager to ensure that no county employees or resources are used in federal actions that infringe on Second Amendment rights.
A decorated military veteran, Hawkins said, ”I spent 25 years protecting our rights under the Constitution; that was my sworn duty, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic, and that means just what it says.”
Though not aware of the specifics of the Beaufort resolution, Sheriff Charlie McDonald, who attended the Republican Men's Club meeting, said he is “definitely interested” in supporting such an initiative.
“We've got good, level-headed commissioners, and I do know they're putting the needs and the security of the county first,” he said.
McDonald added that he also thinks the North Carolina Sheriffs Association would take the same position sheriffs in Utah have voiced about “certain things they would not do if asked by the federal government,” though not before separating fact from speculation regarding specific impacts of Obama's executive orders.
“But certainly we see a cause for alarm, to put it mildly,” McDonald said.