TAVARES — On Tuesday, Lake County became a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. With the blessing of Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell, the commission voted 4-0 and passed the resolution. Commission Chairwoman Leslie Campione was not at the meeting.
“This draws a line in the sand; it doesn’t mince words,” Commissioner Josh Blake, who proposed the resolution, said at the meeting. “And I hope it sends a message to what can best be described as the authoritarian control freaks who... see it as their job to forcibly disarm their fellow citizens. And with all due respect, that simply won’t be happening in Lake County.”
Blake said the resolution makes Lake the first Second Amendment Sanctuary county in Florida. But these sanctuaries have been popping up all over the country, and in varying degrees. Many municipalities in Illinois and Colorado have done this. Some have passed them in response to gun laws like those put into place after the Parkland shooting.
“There have been very terrible crimes that have been committed by very terrible people,” Blake said at the meeting. “Unfortunately one of the national reactions to these criminal acts has been to penalize the law abiding citizens who make up the vast majority of gun owners in the county.”