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Group talks about making Oneida County Second Amendment Sanctuary

On Monday night, members of the Facebook group called Oneida County and Towns 2A Sanctuary met at Dippin Donuts on Erie Boulevard in Rome for a meet and greet.

Posted: Jan 20, 2020 11:17 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2020 9:21 AM

ROME, N.Y. - On Monday night, members of the Facebook group called Oneida County and Towns 2A Sanctuary met at Dippin Donuts on Erie Boulevard in Rome for a meet and greet.

The group supports the second amendment and Oneida County becoming a second amendment sanctuary.

A second amendment sanctuary is a town, village, city, county or any locality across the United States that has adopted resolutions that prevent the enforcement of certain gun control measures that violate the second amendment.

Those who spoke with NEWSChannel 2 say they're concerned about lawmakers infringing on their rights. "I'm concerned about people writing laws about the second amendment that really have no idea about firearms and how they're used, or the people that use them," said town of Verona resident, Bill Rogers.

"I do support the second amendment I mean, it's not a right," said Rome resident, Perry Onderdonk. "I mean the Constitution says it should not be infringed. It's not a right that's granted it's one that we have and the Constitution limits the government from infringing upon it."

22nd Congressinal District Candidate, Claudia Tenney, was also at the meet and greet. She says law abiding gun owners don't want their guns taken away. "Once the governor passed the Safe Act and then they went on to pass the so-called Red Flag laws where you can accuse anyone of anything and have their guns taken away without getting due process, I think that's what bothers people," said Tenney.

NEWSChannel 2 reached out to Indivisible Mohawk Valley, a group who supports stricter gun laws and they provided this statement:

"We support public protections that keep people safe, and encourage people to read HR8. Victims of gun violence are predominately women, children, people of color, and transgender people, and we oppose any plan that would continue putting them at greater danger of not having public protections. We feel that Oneida county becoming a second amendment sanctuary increases their risk of death due to gun violence. We see people who own, store, and use fire arms responsibly as allies with us in our desire to focus on gun violence prevention, and look for opportunities for conversation and collaboration towards that goal."

The man who created the Facebook page says their most immediate goal is to get villages and towns within Oneida County to adopt the resolution, and then eventually talk to County officials.

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