Residents in Belmont County have been requesting that Commissioners to consider making the county a 2nd Amendment sanctuary.

That means the county would continue to abide by all federal laws that are currently in place but would oppose the enforcement of new laws.

A local shooting academy owner made the request earlier this month addressing concerns with some in congress pushing for stricter gun laws.

Wednesday, the commission adopted a resolution to support the 2nd Amendment, but County Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan says the commissioners cannot decide to become a sanctuary county.

“The commissioners do not have unlimited authority,’ Flanagan said. “They follow the Ohio Revised Code, specifically Chapter 3, so they can only do what they are authorized to do. They are not legislators.”

Flanagan also said there is a specific section of the Ohio Revised Code that covers some of the concerns residents have on this issue.