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North Carolina Sheriff's Association Weighs In On 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions

Lilly Knoepp
Sheriff Robbie Holland speaking to the Macon County Commisioners at their February meeting about 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions.

 Resolution’s protecting the 2nd Amendment have now passed in over half of the counties of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association isn’t taking a stance on 2nd Amendment resolutions, says the group’s executive vice president and general counsel Eddie Caldwell.

“The position of every is clear. Every sheriff has taken an oath to uphold the constitution of the United States and the constitution of North Carolina so there is really nothing no issue for the Sheriff’s Association to take a stance on,” says Caldwell. 

Caldwell says his job is to provide information. 

“We have seen some (versions of the resolution) that do not conflict with the constitution and we have shared that version with sheriffs who have asked,” says Caldwell. 

One such sheriff was Robbie Holland. He’s been sheriff of Macon County since 2002. 

At this month’s Macon County Commissioner meeting, Holland gave a 2nd amendment sanctuary resolution to the board.He later clarified to Blue Ridge Public Radio the resolution was from another sheriff and recommended by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association. However, it is not the position of Holland or the association. 

“I just felt like it was good information to have and since I had it I felt like it was my obligation to produce that. And that's what I've done,” says Holland. 

2nd Amendment resolutions are still on the agenda across Western North Carolina. Buncombe County Commissioners didn’t bring up the resolution last night but the 2nd amendment will come up at the March Macon County meeting.


Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.
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