Gilberton, PA is a small borough in Schuylkill County, with a population of about 840, but the little community took a big stand Thursday night. “It`s about time that the little guy stands up to the government and says we don`t want any change. This is the purpose of this. We want to continue to have our Second Amendment rights, the right to bear arms and the right to choose,” said Mayor Mary Lou Hannon of Gilberton.
Borough council members unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Second Amendment at a packed council meeting. The resolution is also in opposition to any local, state or federal regulations of firearms.
The resolution was the borough police chief’s idea and supported by dozens of folks who packed into the council meeting room, who applauded when council members approved it.
“We need to speak up as a country and just say it’s enough. This is our right, and if we don’t protect this you know what other kind of freedoms will they take away?” said Eric Boxer, council Vice-President.
Some of those who attended the council meeting in Gilberton came from hours away.
They said they hope Gilberton’s resolution serves as a model for other communities across the country. Read more here.
UPDATE: I was able to find the actual wording of the resolution here:
2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance
AN Ordinance, which shall be known and may be cited as the “2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance.”
To prevent federal, State or local infringement on the right to keep and bear Firearms, Firearms accessories or ammunition ; nullifying all federal, state or local acts in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States along with section 21 “Right to Bear Arms of the Pennsylvania constitution.
THE PEOPLE OF THE BOROUGH OF GILBERTON DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
The Governing body of the Borough of Gilberton within the state of Pennsylvania finds that:
A. The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Along with Section 21 of the constitution of Pennsylvania which states, “Right to Bear Arms.” The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.
B. All federal, state or local acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms, Firearms accessories or ammunition are a violation of the 2nd Amendment along with section 21 of The Pennsylvania Constitution and in violation of this ordinance.
PROHIBITIONS ON FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL INFRINGEMENT OF THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, FIREARMS ACCESSORIES OR AMMUNITION.
A. The Governing Body of the Borough of Gilberton within the state of Pennsylvania declares that all federal ,state or Local acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations – past, present or future – shall be in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Pennsylvania are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Pennsylvania and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifies, and are hereby declared to be invalid within Gilberton Borough and all of its boundaries , shall not be recognized by this Borough or within all of its boundaries within the state of Pennsylvania, are specifically rejected by the Borough of Gilberton and within all of its boundaries within the state of Pennsylvania, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in the Borough of Gilberton within the state of Pennsylvania.
B. It shall be the duty of the Governing body of Gilberton Borough and within all of its boundaries within the State of Pennsylvania to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal, state or local acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States along with section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution or any violation of this ordinance.
A. This act takes effect thirty ( 30 ) days upon approval by the Governing body