El Paso County declared 'Second Amendment preservation county' as Legislature weighs red flag gun bill

El Paso County declared ‘Second Amendment preservation county’ as Legislature weighs red flag gun bill

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Rachel Riley El Paso County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday declaring the county a “Second Amendment preservation county,” cementing their opposition to a red flag gun bill in the Legislature. House Bill 1177 would allow temporary seizure of guns from people whom a court deems to be a risk to themselves or others. But commissioners say it wouldn’t address mental health issues often at the root of gun violence, and it violates people’s constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms and the right to due process. “I’m saddened that, as a local elected official, I’m even faced with a resolution to affirm a right that was guaranteed in our Constitution,” Commissioner Cami Bremer said. “I honestly believe that this bill was crafted by well-meaning people, but that does not make it a good bill.” In the resolution, commissioners demand “that the Legislature cease and desist any further actions restricting the Second Amendment rights of citizens” and threaten legal action if the law is enacted. The resolution also says commissioners will not “appropriate funds, resources, employees or agencies to initiate unconstitutional seizures in unincorporated El Paso County.” Half a dozen other Colorado counties, including Fremont and Weld, have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in response to the red flag bill. Teller County commissioners resolved Thursday to “protect the inalienable and individual right to keep and bear arms in Teller County.” Before El Paso County commissioners approved their resolution, several residents asked them not to challenge the red flag […]

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