Conejos County votes to becomes Second Amendment sanctuary

Gun Rights

CONEJOS — Following unanimous approval of a resolution March 7, the Conejos Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) joined a number of mostly rural counties in becoming a sanctuary for the Second Amendment. Drafted by County Attorney Nicolas Sarmiento, and passed unanimously by the BOCC, the resolution outlines the county’s position on preservation of the Second Amendment. Joining Conejos County in similar resolutions, Washington, Douglas, Dolores, El Paso, Prowers, Park, Teller, Kit Carson, Weld, Moffat, Montezuma, Custer, Kiowa, Fremont and Rio Blanco counties have passed resolutions. Conejos County Sheriff Garth Crowther said his department would not enforce a law that violates the Second Amendment and Constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure. A supporter of the rule of law, he also is concerned about due process. Fourteen states have enacted so-called “red flag” bills or extreme risk protection orders (ERPO). Colorado’s version empowers family members or law enforcement to petition a judge to place a temporary order on a person who is a threat to his/herself or others without allowing the subject to mount a personal defense. Similar to red flag bills in other states, Colorado’s bill has key differences in how law enforcement would carry out seizing a weapon and how due process rights would be handled for someone whose weapons are taken. In the metro areas, the proposed “red flag” bill has been supported by a coalition of front-range sheriffs, district attorneys and communities affected by mass shootings. However, many residents and officials in rural and western Colorado […]

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