BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky county has taken a stand against proposed federal restrictions on gun rights.
The Boone County Fiscal Court approved a resolution against the enforcement of any federal mandates that may restrict gun ownership.
Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore told The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/WyYNz6) that officials had a duty to show support for the Second Amendment and to Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig, who has said he won't enforce any mandates.
The resolution includes a statement that reaffirms the rights of municipalities:
"Neither the federal government nor any individual in the federal government has the right to dictate to any of the various states, counties or municipalities in the United States, any mandate, regulation or administrative rule that violates the Constitution of the United States or its various amendments."
In passing the resolution 4-0 on Tuesday night, county officials join several other communities that have taken similar stances.
John Bickers, a Northern Kentucky University Constitutional law professor, said Helmig isn't required to enforce such mandates.
"It's a straightforward principle of constitutional law that the federal government can't dictate to state and local law enforcement what to do," Bickers said. "If Congress were to outlaw magazines with the capacity of 20 rounds, it's up to the federal government to enforce it unless the state wants to."
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com