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Rob Lacey presents a slideshow to Avery County Board of Commissioners detailing the costs of substance abuse to county government and economy.
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Originally published: 2013-04-10 12:17:39
Last modified: 2013-04-10 13:47:42

Roundup: Commissioners’ April meeting

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Commissioners support second amendment rights
Avery County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution in support of second amendment rights presented by Travis Proctor on behalf of local sportsmen. The resolution was a redrafting of the resolution presented to the commissioners in March. The resolution included many clauses supporting “the unassailable right of a law-abiding individual to purchase, own and possess firearms,” as well as acknowledging “the role of reasonable government oversight” in restricting possession of firearms from “those who have committed crimes and from those with mental illness.”
Although it was not included in the draft, Proctor requested that the commissioners also pass an additional clause supporting N.C. House Bill 246, known as “The Gun Rights Amendment.” The commissioners passed the resolution unanimously, including the addition.

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