TOWANDA - In response to recently proposed gun control legislation at the state and federal level, the Bradford County commissioners on Thursday passed a resolution calling for the Second Amendment to be protected.

"The Second Amendment is the law of the land, and we don't want to see that infringed on in any manner," said Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko. "The Second Amendment is about protecting your family and your country."

"We have plenty of law-abiding gun owners in Bradford County that take the time to go to hunter safety courses," McLinko added.

The resolution was passed unanimously by the commissioners in front of an audience that McLinko said included a lot of gun owners.

After the resolution was passed, there was a lot of clapping in the audience.

The resolution urges the Pennsylvania Legislature and governor to protect Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, which states that "the right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned."

The resolution also states that the Bradford County commissioners oppose any federal rule or bill in Congress that "in any way infringes or places limitations on the Second Amendment right under the United States Constitution."

The commissioners said they will forward copies of their resolution to all members of the Pennsylvania Legislature, to Gov. Tom Corbett and other statewide elected officials, to the commissioners and sheriffs in every county in Pennsylvania, to the members of Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation, and to President Barack Obama.

Bradford County Sheriff Clinton "C.J." Walters thanked the commissioners for passing the resolution.

"I think it's important for our lawful gun owners to know where are officials locally stand" on this matter, Walters said. "Maybe it will give them a little peace of mind."

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