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Beaufort County (NC) Commission calls for nullification and constitutional convention

January 18, 2013
The Beaufort County (N. C.) Board of Commissioners, meeting in special session January 18, 2013, adopted unanimously a resolution calling upon the N. C. General Assembly to take necessary measures to nullify any Federal action within the State that infringes on the Second Amendment's guarantee of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The resolution further directed the County Manager to insure that no county employees or resources were used in Federal actions that infringe on Second Amendment rights and called upon the Legislature to adopt necessary measures to call for, with the concurrence of two-thirds of the other states, the convening of a constitutional convention for the "specific purpose of amending the Unites States Constitution to strengthen the Second and Tenth Amendments…"

The motion was made by Commissioner Hood Richardson and seconded Commissioner Stan Deatherage and it was adopted with Vice Chairman Al Klemm and Commissioner Gary Brinn voting for adoption. Each commissioner made a brief statement of why they supported the resolution as can be heard in the video below. Three commissioners, all Democrats, were absent: Jerry Langley, Ed Booth, and Robert Belcher.

The action took place before an overflow crowd of citizens most of whom appeared to be in support of the action.

You can watch the entire meeting in the 16 minute video below:

Click here to download a copy of the draft resolution which was distributed before the meeting and adopted as distributed.

Check back later for further reports on the reaction to today's action.

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    the no-show Commissioners
    January 18, 2013 | 07:18 PM

    No surprise that the stated three didn't appear. The Democrat Party is anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment and that's well known. Knowing most people attending the meeting would be pro-gun and pro-U.S. Constitution, they shamelessly copped out. Politically speaking I do not consider them honest men.

    Steadfast Conservative
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    January 19, 2013 | 06:30 AM

    I am proud of the actions of the Beaufort County Commissioners in passing this Resolution. It is time for ALL of the Representatives of the People to stand firm against unconstitutional tyranny. I will be standing with you as your State Representative!

    Michael Speciale
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    Proud But Not Convinced
    January 19, 2013 | 08:41 AM

    While I am proud of their conviction to stop the unrelenting thief of the country from stealing yet another freedom we still have left, I see very little that can be done to stop his agenda of bringing the USA to it's knees. There are way too many people who somehow believe that the commander in chief(no capitals intended)has good intentions for America, when in reality, everything he has done to us has been a downward spiral of doom for american citizens. I truly hope our Commissioners can in fact stop this tyrant, but alas, no one has been able to put a dent in his continued destruction of America.

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    January 19, 2013 | 10:21 AM

    God bless these commissioners and the stand they are taking.

    Genie Smith
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    Above Resolution
    January 19, 2013 | 10:44 AM

    PRESS ON !!!!!!!!

    Donald J Guilfoil
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    January 19, 2013 | 11:00 AM

    I read this article on tea party nation. As a North Carolina resident makes me proud to know that things like this are happening in my state.

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    About time Commisioners
    January 19, 2013 | 01:47 PM

    It's about time our county commisioners did something commendable.

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    2nd amendment resolution
    January 19, 2013 | 03:34 PM

    Congratulations, it's great to see Republican unity and backbone. It isn't about the "commander in chief," it's about taking a stand at the local level.

    Mike Isbell
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    Commission's action.
    January 19, 2013 | 03:49 PM

    I agree with the action of hte Commission action. Obama went ahead and rammed through another Executive Order that bypasses Congess. In doing so he thinks that he can actually act like a divine ruler, but his authority is mispplaced. Obama actually wants to bring America down to the level of a third world nation and impoverish us like so my MidEast nations. His father hated our wealth and Obama is expressing his hatred, or America, and love of Islam, be destroyinhg us and inviting Mulslims to come in! Obama is NOT our friend...

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    January 19, 2013 | 06:16 PM

    I'd like to see more of this kind of unity among the commissioners because great things can be accomplished. This was a historic positive accomplishment for the Republicans on the board, a pro-active achievement. They should spend more time and effort in this way, restoring at the local level Constitutional principles that have been violated at the federal level of government.

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    January 19, 2013 | 06:48 PM

    Not often do we see our Republican Commissioners stand together in a cause as important as this one, it was truely a pleasure to witness.

    I was happy, though not surprised, to see Commissioner Brinn stand with Stan and Hood in this goal. Al did the right thing by supporting and voting with the group, we can hope that this may be the beginning of a greater body of Commissioners.

    My thanks to all of them.

    Donald Dixon
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    Invasion of Our God Given Rights.
    January 19, 2013 | 06:51 PM

    I commend our Republican leaders for speaking up with us against this idiotic administration. This administration is trying to take away our christian morals, our firearms, and our everyday southern way of life. I really dispise the Democrats in our board of commissioners due to the fact that they chose not to appear at the meeting and because they are die-hard OBAMA SUPPORTERS. Lets see what kind of oscar-winning excuses Robert Belcher, Jerry Langley, and Ed Booth can come up with for not appearing. Ladies and gentlemen, succession is near.

    William H. Cratch III
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    Make it HOT!
    January 19, 2013 | 07:37 PM

    Hope to see more Commission Boards in North Carolina do the same thing. Big fires begin small.

    Charles Hickman
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    These are the men who make history
    January 19, 2013 | 11:16 PM

    These men represent that sort of patriot who will be remembered in years to come...the memory of all boring political sycophants and lemmings will rot.

    Jeff Long, GOP VIce Chair Cumberland Co/FORT BRA
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    NC Commissioners
    January 20, 2013 | 01:47 AM

    Huzzah, gentlemen! You are an example the rest of our "public servants" would do well to emulate. Should you stay the course, you are destined to help lead our Republic back to our true path. Again, Huzzah!

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    Life with God and without.
    January 20, 2013 | 06:41 AM

    As our lives begin to shake, our foundation was cracked/shifted years ago. When a person from who knows were decided it would be their mission to have prayer and the ten commandments taken out of our schools. And the way our country was going at the time was for the good.. Now look and see.. the begining of what I would call another fall.. Man fell long ago and God sent his son to save us all. And now our country has decided to turn their backs on HIM.. These decisions we make will ripple for many generations, as told scripture. We have a choice to choose HIM or choose to be againist HIM.. As for me and my house we will stand for HIM to the end. And pray that HE has Mercy on us all.
    Your Loving Friend In Christ Jesus.

    Timothy Hall
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    Commissioners' Resolution
    January 20, 2013 | 08:47 AM

    Hooray for the commissioners, but we don't need to ammend the Ammendments to the Constitution, one of the greatest documents ever produced. We need to insure the Ammendments are enforced! Attempting to change them now would just open up a bag of worms!

    Jack Thomson
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    Commissioner 's Resolution
    January 20, 2013 | 02:35 PM

    My kind of people. They know and respect the US Constitusion.

    Stuart A. Smith
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    Constitutional convention and Nullification.
    January 20, 2013 | 08:23 PM

    Great Men you are to start the actions against the Tyrants and Traitors in our nation, Thank you so much! May all the other states follow you in throwing out these traitors.

    Please help the New York people get their convention started as they seem to be timid there. May God help us all.

    Dave H
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    Defending Our Constitution
    January 21, 2013 | 02:18 AM

    Bravo, bravo , Led the way North Carolina to show courage in leading the way to defend our constitutational rights...

    gary Saunders
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    January 21, 2013 | 03:57 PM

    gentilmen i commend you on your fine work. you will be remembered always and in the next election.
    i am proud to be a north carolina resident. we have your back.

    Gary Merriner
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    Your correct and brave bill.
    January 21, 2013 | 06:30 PM

    God bless you all for your courage and love of America and our Constitution.
    Keep up the good work and keep the "saw in the log".

    John Thomason
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    Nullification and Constitutional Convention
    January 21, 2013 | 10:58 PM

    Thank you gentlemen for showing the courage that Washington, DC elected elitists can't seem to muster up.
    I'm confident that your bold action will resonate through history as a significant turning point, and you are to be commended for taking that all important first step. God has been summoned to watch your will prevail. God speed

    Roger T
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    2nd Amendment
    January 22, 2013 | 08:00 PM

    Thanks gentlemen for balling up. Hopefully,counties nationwide will have the cahuncas to follow suit.
    South Carolina Rebel,

    Bob Miles
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    Great Work!
    January 22, 2013 | 09:54 PM

    As a retired U.S. Marine who spent many years of my career assigned to the Carolina MAGTF at both MCAS Cherry Point & MCAS New River, I applaud the efforts of the brave Tarheels who took the first steps in taking back control of our great Republic from those 'elected officials' who wish us harm -

    Bravo Zulu!

    Paul Anderson
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    Beaufort County Commissioners
    January 23, 2013 | 08:31 PM

    God Bless those Beaufort County Commissioner who stood for freedom by passing the resolution to oppose Obama's illegal executive orders. As a North Carolina resident, I hope the State Legislature will follow with similar legislation.

    Mark Jones
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    Beaufort County Commissioners
    January 24, 2013 | 10:00 AM

    The Constitutional convention should also include restrictions on the General Welfare Clause, Interstate Commerce and Taxation. These are the three (always expanding) tools for extending Federal control. Good job Beaufort County. I will notify the Commissioners in Forsyth nc of your actions.

    Brian Cartrette
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    2nd. admendent rights
    January 25, 2013 | 05:42 PM

    Thank you for your stand on our constitutional rights and i will forward it to Dare co, commissioners.

    Nicholas Wolosuk Jr.
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    The Right of Self-protection
    January 28, 2013 | 01:04 PM

    I want to thank and encourage the commissioners of Beaufort County for standing up and defending the God given right of self-protection and asserting the 2nd Amendment!!

    Greg Silliman
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    Beaufort County Commissioners
    January 29, 2013 | 11:42 AM

    How does this yankee become a citizen of either Beaufort County or the Honorable State of South Carolina???

    Douglas Hall
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