Officials in Washington County, Maryland, had originally planned on voting on a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution back in March, but thanks to the coronavirus closures, the meeting was canceled. The issue didn’t disappear over the ensuing months, however, and on Tuesday, county commissioners unanimously approved a resolution stating that county funds should not be used to restrict the Second Amendment rights of residents or enforce any “unnecessary and unconstitutional restriction” on the right to keep and bear arms in the county.
Sheriff Doug Mullendore also signed the resolution on Tuesday, saying in a phone interview afterward that he views the move as “symbolic,” but that “we would certainly testify against any bill that would try to take away the Second Amendment.”
The sheriff’s office will still enforce the laws, Mullendore said.
Mullendore said he was opposed to a proposed bill during the last two state legislative sessions that would have required shotguns and rifles to be registered, including those already owned, calling the measure “ridiculous.”
“I believe that gun control is not the way to curb crime,” Mullendore said.
Like many counties on the Eastern Shore, Washington County is “more of a hunting and sportsmen” type of county, he said. Most of the guns the sheriff’s office takes off the street are either stolen or weren’t bought by the individual who possessed the weapon, he said.
“It’s not the guns, it’s the individual we need to worry about,” Mullendore said.
Washington County is now the seventh county in the state to adopt Second Amendment Sanctuary language, and the state’s anti-gun attorney general has been speaking out against the movement for several months. Back in June, AG Brian Frosh penned a letter to the chairman of the state’s House Judiciary Committee that alternated between dismissing the movement and warning against its growing popularity.