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

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

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Rachel Riley El Paso County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday declaring the county a “Second Amendment preservation county.” The declaration comes as the state legislature considers a bill, known as the “red flag” bill, which would allow a judge to order the confiscation of firearms from someone found to be a danger to themselves or others. Commissioners said that the bill violates resident’s constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms and the right to due process. “Our resolution today is an affirmation of a basic right,” said Commissioner Cami Bremer, who emphasized her support for the Second Amendment. “I honestly believe that this bill was crafted by well-meaning people, but that does not make it a good bill.” Under House Bill 1177, a family or household member or law enforcement officer could petition a court for a temporary “extreme risk protection order” if they can demonstrate that a person poses a significant risk to themselves or others by possessing a firearm. By passing the resolution, commissioners demanded that “that the Legislature cease and desist any further actions restricting the Second Amendment rights of citizens and instead address the real and fundamental challenges of mental illness in our communities.” The resolution also threatens legal action if the law passes and states that commissioners will not "appropriate funds, resources, employees or agencies to initiate unconstitutional seizures in unincorporated El Paso County.” At a public hearing, several residents urged commissioners to oppose the bill, calling it a thinly-veiled attempt […]

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