Editorial: County prepares to take a stand for 2nd Amendment

Editorial: County prepares to take a stand for 2nd Amendment

Gun Rights

Perhaps no issue divides rural and urban Nevada – and the rest of rural and urban America – as much as gun rights and gun laws. In general, city folk believe stricter gun laws will make it harder for criminals to get weapons and commit crimes. Law-abiding rural folk see such laws as a threat to their own ability to keep and bear arms for hunting, self-defense and other legitimate purposes. Nevada lawmakers recently passed a gun background check law that not only closes the “gun show loophole” in which firearm sales avoided detection, it also applies to all individual sales between private parties. This requirement poses little if any inconvenience for metropolitan residents who can hardly comprehend just how many guns rural Nevadans own and use on a regular basis. Some rural Nevada sheriffs say they will not enforce the law because the majority of people they serve consider it a burden. Elko County Sheriff Aitor Narvaiza has asked county commissioners to pass a resolution making the county a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” If passed next week, our county will be on record as supporting Narvaiza’s decision not to enforce the law, as well as refusing to authorize or appropriate any county funds for purposes deemed contrary to the Second Amendment. Elko County has not been shy when it comes to challenging authority. Nearly two decades ago commissioners laid claim to a road in the forest near Jarbidge and took it upon themselves to repair it after the Forest […]

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