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Commissioners in Johnson County are one step closer to passing an ordinance that would block any future federal bans on assault weapons.

“We want the federal government to know that we have rights protected by the constitution and we want to preserve those rights,” said Commissioner Ron West.

The move would send a strong message to Washington D.C. If lawmakers pass any bans, West said Johnson County citizens and the Sheriff would not have to abide by them.

“We thought by virtue of this ordinance we would say to the Sheriff that we would expect him to administer all the powers he has in his office to uphold the second amendment and the constitution,” he explained. “I think we want to take a stand and guard against that.”

“It’s happening all over the country,” said Carmel attorney Guy Relford who is also the President and Chief Instructor at Tactical Firearms.

Relford said this type of federal nullification is completely legal, “A lot of states and a lot of local governments are saying ‘excuse me but the constitution of the United States says what it says and specifically the 10th amendment says that unless a power has been given to the federal government, that power is reserved to the states or to the people themselves.”

The ordinance is up for a second reading and final vote later this month.