Several citizens spoke in support of Cecil County Councilman Alan McCarthy's resolution opposing the state's recently passed gun law Tuesday night, shortly before the county council voted 4-0 to adopt it with amendments.
“Without the Second Amendment, we'll have no rights,” said Michael Gilbert, of Rising Sun, during the council's meeting Tuesday night in Elkton.
“I urge you to support this resolution that sends a message to Annapolis that we won't be walked on. We need to take steps to protect our rights,” Gilbert said.
McCarthy introduced a simple resolution April 16, but offered a couple of amendments Tuesday after three weeks of consideration and suggestions from supporters.
Councilman Michael Dunn, who didn't attend any of Tuesday's county council meetings because of illness, had prepared his own resolution in opposition to the Maryland Firearms Safety Act, but the council delayed action on it until Dunn returns to discuss what he wants in person with his colleagues.
The adopted resolution states that the county council believes the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013 is unconstitutional and is based on invalid legislation.
The council vowed to analyze additional actions to protect the rights of Cecil County citizens to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.
They also recommend no county funds, resources, employees, contractors, buildings or offices may be used to enforce any restriction or regulation that inhibits or reduces what they believe are law-abiding citizens' Second Amendment rights.
The resolution also goes on to say they support gun laws that prohibit the sale or possession of weapons by felons or those with a history of dangerous mental illness and require reasonable safety training.
Joe Carabetta, a Carpenters Point resident and frequent visitor to county council meetings, voiced his support Tuesday night for the gun resolution and also urged all of the council members to become life members of the National Rifle Association.
“Our work is not done on this issue,” Council President Robert Hodge said after the unanimous passage of McCarthy's resolution.