Moore County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to support the Second Amendment, but they stopped short of asking the General Assembly to nullify federal actions on the right to bear arms.
Moore County resident Charles Cooper asked commissioners at their Feb. 5 meeting to adopt a resolution similar to one passed by Beaufort County commissioners in January.
That resolution reportedly asked the state General Assembly to pass a law nullifying federal action that infringes on the right to keep and bear arms, and it forbade county staff members from implementing any such action.
Cooper presented a petition with more than 200 signatures asking commissioners to take action.
"We're here to ask you to protect our Second Amendment rights from federal infringement," he said. "You have taken an oath to protect and defend citizens, and we implore you to do that."
President Obama proposed a series of gun control measures last month, including legislation and executive orders that do not require congressional approval.
Commissioner Larry Caddell asked County Attorney Misty Leland to look into the issue.
The resolution passed by commissioners stated their support for the Second Amendment and a similar provision in the state constitution, but did not mention nullification or potential federal infringement of rights.