Gun rights, refugees go before commission

Before a packed house Monday night, the county legislative committee passed a pair of resolutions, one in support of the Second Amendment and the other effecting the location of refugees here. The entire commission will now get to vote on the measures when they meet this March.

The committee along with Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell and County Attorney Robert Huskey discussed the two resolutions that were put off in the January meeting.

The two resolutions in discussion were to make Coffee County a second amendment sanctuary county and to reject refugees from being relocated to Coffee County.

The resolution to make Coffee County a second amendment sanctuary county was sponsored by County Commissioner Todd Crockett with Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin speaking for Crockett to answer questions from the committee. Partin said the resolution is a message to Tennessee representatives to say Coffee County citizens are aware of the gun laws and do not want any intrusion of the constitutional rights.

After taking comments from residents in attendance, the committee passed the resolution four to one.

The other resolution in discussion was for Coffee County to reject refugee settlement into the county. The resolution was a response to Governor Bill Lee’s letter announcing his consent to allow refugee settlement in Tennessee in response to President Trump’s executive order.

The executive order allows the federal government to resettle refugees in specific areas only if state and local governments agree to accept refugees.

The resolution said the county feels uncomfortable about accepting the governor’s plan due to a lack of specifics, requirements or conditions, so Coffee County will decline from participation in relocating refugees until specific details are added to the order. At that point, the county will reconsider.

Like the previous resolution, after taking comment from residents in the meeting the resolution was passed. Now both resolutions will go to full commission to be decided on in the March Full Commission meeting.

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