2nd Indiana county could block federal gun control laws

Johnson County will vote on measure this month

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. - Counties are joining dozens of sheriff's questioning the constitutionality of the president's gun control initiatives, even suggesting they will block any federal infringement on the Second Amendment.

Johnson County is joining that group with county commissioners voting unanimously for an ordinance to that effect.

"I hope it doesn't come to the point that they would try to infringe upon those rights that the Second Amendment bears witness to," said Johnson County Commissioner Brian Baird. "But, bottom line is that we have to put this into effect so if it comes to that, we've protected our citizens."

If passed, enforcing the ordinance would fall on the Johnson County Sheriff Department.

Sheriff Doug Cox was out of state and unavailable for comment, but the proposal does have support.

"It's our constitutional right. It's the Second Amendment," said Jason Roberts, who owns Honey Creek Tackle in Bargersville, where assault-style weapons and ammunition are hard to come by out of fears of a total federal ban on guns. "What about freedom of speech? You going to bar certain things cause you can't say them?"

Johnson County's commissioners crafted an ordinance that would order the sheriff to ignore and even block any federal infringement on the right to keep and bear arms, including restrictions on guns and a ban on assault weapons.

If the measure passes on a final vote later this month, supporters predict that other counties will follow in defying any federal attempt to ban assault-style weapons.

Johnson would become the second county in Indiana to nullify restrictions on guns and ammunition.

Franklin County commissioners enacted a similar ordinance in January.

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