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Washington County declared as ‘sanctuary for constitutional rights and freedoms’

The resolution specifically mentions the First, Second, Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the Constitution.

St. George • Washington County Commission declared the county a “sanctuary for constitutional rights and freedoms” through a resolution passed Tuesday.

The resolution — which grew out of repeated requests from residents to have the county declared a Second Amendment sanctuary, Commissioner Victor Iverson said — unanimously passed during Tuesday’s commission meeting.

“We are duty-bound to protect these rights and freedoms and commit that the actions we take at the County Commission ensure that constitutional rights are safeguarded in Washington County,” Iverson said as he read the resolution.

Though the resolution mentions the First, Second, Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the Constitution specifically, it states overall that individual rights and freedoms seen as guaranteed by that document will be upheld within Washington County.

“For some time there’s been a lot of anxiety on government actions on a variety of levels that have effect on the individual freedoms and constitution freedoms, especially in regard to the Second Amendment,” Iverson said. “The discussion we kept coming back to is: it’s not just the Second Amendment that finds itself under assault now.”

For more on the Washington County Commission’s announcement, visit St. George News.

This article is published through the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of news organizations in Utah that aim to inform readers across the state.

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