HAMPTON — The Township Committee declared support for the Second Amendment at its most recent monthly meeting, making Hampton the latest Sussex County municipality to back the rights of lawful gun owners in response to calls from state leaders to reduce gun violence.
The five-member committee unanimously approved the resolution at its meeting Tuesday. The document, in part, states that the governing body “remains committed to supporting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution, including the Second Amendment thereof.”
The wording of the resolution is slightly different from similar measures passed in and around Sussex County in the past three months.
Resolutions passed by the Stillwater Township Committee and the County Board of Chosen Freeholders in January and February, respectively, both declare their jurisdictions as “Second Amendment/Lawful Gun Owner” areas, and note their opposition to any legislation determined to further interfere with gun owners’ rights. Stillwater’s resolution also referenced so-called “red flag” laws, which allow for the temporary removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person, as often “misapplied and misused.”
The Hampton measure, meanwhile, made no such mention of the Lawful Gun Owner designation or of red flag laws. Rather, it focused only on the Second Amendment as defined in the language of the United States and New Jersey State Constitution.
Other Sussex County municipalities to pass some type of Second Amendment resolution, which was championed by 24th District Assemblyman Parker Space, include Sussex Borough, Franklin, Montague, Branchville and Hopatcong.
The Township Council in West Milford was the first governing body in the state to express support for the Second Amendment, which took place in December. However, the council’s resolution declared the township as a “sanctuary” to gun owners, a term that has been left out of the Sussex County resolutions to avoid the impression that illegally owned firearms are allowed.
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