Mark Moore

Walnut Grove Mayor Mark Moore addresses the Walton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night, Feb. 4, 2020, in Monroe, Ga.

MONROE, Ga. — Walton County is now a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”

County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a resolution that would buck any state laws that attempt to curtail the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The measure passed with no discussion, other than a citizen request before the meeting officially began.

“It is the very fabric that this great country is woven by,” Jeff Young said.

“I’m proud that Walton County is leading the way in Georgia.”

Two zoning measures were approved with dissension from citizens.

Commissioners approved the request to rezone 2 acres at 5348 Highway 20, Loganville, to B2 (Highway Business District) for the use of mini warehouses.

The land previously was zoned A1 (Rural Estate District). The Board of Commissioners instituted two stipulations, the main one being that the sole point of access to the warehouses be Georgia 20.

Walnut Grove Mayor Mark Moore and others asked the board to deny a request to rezone 11.76 acres to B3 (General Business District) from A1. The land at 4099 Highway 138 is in an island of unincorporated Walton County surrounded on all sides by the city.

But the board approved the request, to allow the outside storage of construction equipment, 4-1 with Mark Banks opposed. Timmy Shelnutt abstained.

Commissioners also agreed to a contract with Carter Watkins Associates, architect for a Social Circle Community Center at 573 Fairplay Drive.

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