COUNTY CRIES SANCTUARY: Supervisors delay Second Amendment sanctuary, await further feedback

COUNTY CRIES SANCTUARY: Supervisors delay Second Amendment sanctuary, await further feedback

Jul. 8—Supervisors will wait until their next meeting to decide whether Jasper County will become a Second Amendment sanctuary. If it is designated a gun sanctuary, Jasper County would be able to oppose state or federal enforcement of laws that its elected officials believe violate citizens’ Second Amendment rights; particularly confiscations, mandatory buybacks, regulated magazine capacities and red flag laws. However, the resolution was not put to a vote during the Tuesday, July 6 meeting. Instead, supervisors tabled the action, citing the need for more public discussion and to also address accusations that the board was trying to "backdoor" the resolution after a holiday weekend. Apart from one citizen who voiced their support of the resolution, no other guest gave supervisors any feedback during the open meeting. Jasper County Supervisor Brandon Talsma told Newton News he is more than willing to have conversations with citizens about making the county a gun sanctuary. Prior to the meeting, he had received a few phone calls and emails regarding, some of which Talsma said had "unwarranted" concerns. "They were about fears of what this resolution doesn’t do," Talsma said. "It was fears of doing away with background checks, and it doesn’t do that. It was fears that we were trying to backdoor it, which is once again why I was more than willing to table it until next week and have more discussion about it." The resolution included in the Jasper County Board of Supervisors agenda packet is an exact copy drafted […]

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