Randolph Commission passes gun resolution

Randolph County Commissioners decided to take a stand on the 2nd Amendment Thursday, passing a resolution supporting the right to “keep and bear arms.” The measure will be sent to elected officials.

Commission President Chris See said the resolution was created after resident Phil Hudok spoke to the commission about gun control measures.

“We came up with this resolution and we will send it to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.,) and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.),” See said before reading the resolution.

The resolution states that it is the right of the people to “keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty and property,” and that the right is regarded as an “inalienable right by the people of Randolph County.”

“The people of Randolph County derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within Randolph County using all types of firearms allowable under the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of West Virginia.,” the resolution stated

In the document, the commission expresses support of the 2nd Amendment and “urges that it continue to be protected at the local, state and national levels.”

Commissioner Mike Taylor made a motion to pass the measure and all three commissioners voted for the resolution. The resolution was signed by all three members and will be sent to elected officials in Washington. D.C.

In other commission news:

– Commissioners approved giving $2,000 to the Junior Women’s Club in support of Project Safe Graduation. Club member Angie Goff said the tradition has been going for 28 years in Randolph County and the event gives students something safe to do after graduation.

“Each senior walks out of there with a price,” she said. “These kids need this now more than ever. We are requesting funding to offset the cost.”

– The commission also approved giving $2,000 to Harman School’s after prom lock in.

-Kump House Coordinator Heather Biola requested funding for the historic home. She said a new driveway needs to be constructed at the building for a safer entrance. Taylor said the matter could be considered when the commission builds their budget in March.

– The commission approved spending $17,236 in support of purchasing an emergency generator for the Randolph County Emergency Squad.