Holt County passes Second Amendment resolution
April 1, 2021
Holt County Supervisors approved a resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary during the board’s March 16 meeting in O’Neill.
The resolution cites U.S. Supreme Court cases upholding an individual’s right to possess firearms and notes Article 1, Section 1-1, of the Nebraska constitution providing “All persons have certain inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and the right to keep and bear arms for the security or defense of self, family, home, and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use, and all other lawful purposes, and such right shall not be denied or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof.”
Resolution language affirms support of the elected sheriff and county attorney in exercising their discretion and to support decision by the elected officials to defend the constitution.
Sheriff Ben Matchett told supervisors he was in favor of the resolution.
With no further discussion, supervisor Doug Frahm made a motion to adopt the resolution and Dustin Breiner seconded the motion, which passed 6-0.
In other business, supervisors:
• received a report of the real estate public tax sale, held March 1;
• approved paying Darla Smith an hourly wage to complete extra cleaning duties, including windows and landscaping, as needed, at the Holt County Annex;
• approved a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to install signage on the Annex Building, pending approval of the location;
• listened to a report from Boyd Strope, O’Neill city attorney, and Shelton Reynolds, with TP&L, concerning the progress of updates to the intersection of Highway 275 and Pioneer Road and
• accepted bids for asphalt from Jebro, Inc.