Big Horn County Enters Second Amendment Sanctuary Debate

Big Horn County Enters Second Amendment Sanctuary Debate

By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily Big Horn County officials are looking into joining other counties around the state in declaring themselves a sanctuary for the Second Amendment. Several Wyoming counties have recently passed resolutions declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” Fremont County, Niobrara, Johnson and Hot Springs County Commissioners have all publicly declared their support for gun rights, taking a stand against what many perceive to be a national anti-gun movement. Other counties, such as Campbell, Crook and Sweetwater, declared themselves to be Second Amendment Sanctuaries last year. Big Horn County commissioners are among those considering making the same kind of public statement with a proclamation expressing support for the Second Amendment. C.J. Duncan, the mayor of Big Horn County’s seat in Basin, brought the idea to county officials. He said he is concerned that what he sees as an anti-gun sentiment is becoming more prevalent throughout the country may threaten the rights of law-abiding citizens. “With our current administration and past administrations at the federal level, gun rights specifically have been under attack,” he said, “even though the majority of people who own and operate guns are doing it within the bounds of the law.” However, Duncan added officials are concerned that if counties take too strong a position in favor of gun rights — for instance, if they signed a binding resolution rather than issuing a simple proclamation — local governments might face federal backlash. “Legal counsel was afraid that if they signed a resolution or something […]

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