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Video: Over 300 People Turn Out as Group Presents Second
Amendment Sanctuary Proposal to Lewis County Legislators

February 04, 2020   11:30 p.m.   By: Nick Altmire
    Lowville, NY- A crowd estimated at over 300 people turned out for a meeting of
    the Lewis County Board of Legislators this evening, as a citizen group's proposal
    urging county lawmakers to pass a local law to declare Lewis County a Second
    Amendment Sanctuary was presented to the board. The crowd spilled out of the
    second floor legislative boardroom at the Lewis County Court House, filling the
    hallways outside and streaming down the staircase and stretching back to the
    security entrance in the lobby.

    The vast majority of the crowd was there in support of the proposal, as seen by
    their applause and reactions to the speakers in favor of the proposal. A total of 7
    people signed up to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting. Of
    those, five spoke in favor of the proposal. Two others spoke in opposition to the
    proposal. Lewis County Sheriff Michael Carpinelli then addressed the board and
    the crowd, speaking in favor of the proposal, earning a standing ovation from the
    crowd after concluding his remarks.

    The Facebook group Lewis County and Towns 2A Sanctuary organized a
    petition drive in favor of the proposal, where they say 2,961 signatures were
    collected at 37 local businesses since the group started in early January.

    Lawrence Dolhof, Chairman of the Board, said the board would take all of the
    information into consideration as they look at the issue. The process would likely
    start at the committee level. Chairman Dolholf cautioned that the board works
    slowly and deliberately when making decisions.

    Full video from the public comment portion of this evening's meeting is included