Bloomfield passes Second Amendment Preservation City resolution

Bloomfield passes Second Amendment Preservation City resolution

Gun Rights

BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield City Council became the latest city to announce it will not use city resources to enforce gun control laws it considers unconstitutional. The City Council voted unanimously to declare Bloomfield a Second Amendment Preservation City. Councilor Matt Pennington voiced his support for the resolution with the vote of “hell yes.” Bloomfield joins the cities of Farmington and Española in passing a resolution in opposition to gun control legislation. “That we had to make that vote to me is appalling,” Pennington said at the end of the City Council meeting on Monday. He said the council should not have to pass resolutions to protect constitutional rights. Bloomfield resident David Gerg asked the councilors what the resolution meant. He asked if it means he can sell a gun to someone else without conducting a background check and not face prosecution. Mayor Cynthia Atencio explained that people could still be prosecuted under state law if they sell a gun without conducting a background check, however the city will not provide resources to arrest or prosecute people under that law. Atencio said the resolution makes a statement of support for San Juan County Sheriff Shane Ferrari. The New Mexico Sheriffs Association has announced plans to sue the state when the laws goes into effect. The courts will then decide if the laws are constitutional. “We can’t really do a whole lot, but we can show our support,” Atencio said. The law requiring background checks on every gun sale will […]

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