KEYSER - The Mineral County Commission has declared the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The Mineral County Commission has declared the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary.
During the commission’s Tuesday meeting, all three of the elected officials agreed to adopt the resolution dealing with the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
In part, that section of the constitution states, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
In addition, the West Virginia Constitution Article 21, has wording along the same lines that says, “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home, and state and for lawful hunting and recreational use.”
The Mineral County Commission stated in their resolution that they “have a deep commitment to the rights of law-abiding citizens of Mineral County, to keep and bear arms as constitutionally protected,” and declared the county as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”
Roger Leatherman, president of the commission, said that several state counties have already been declared as sanctuary counties, and by adopting the resolution, and to the citizens, “We are supporting your gun rights.”
Commissioner Jerry Whisner said, also relating to the citizens of the county, “Your rights are protected to bear arms.”
Leatherman added that he understands there is a possibility of counties in Virginia becoming part of West Virginia due to the right to bear arms.