Elbert County becomes Second Amendment sanctuary

Elbert County becomes Second Amendment sanctuary

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BOCC unanimously votes not to support proposed `red flag’ law The Elbert County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to declare Elbert County a Second Amendment sanctuary county at their March 13 meeting. Commissioners heard comments from more than a half-dozen community members, and all but one were in favor of declaring the county a sanctuary county, meaning they do not support Colorado’s proposed HB19-117, known as the "red flag" or extreme risk protection order law. “This board interprets the `Red Flag Law’ or `Extreme Risk Protection Order,’ as presented in HB19-117 as flawed, likely to be abused, and insufficient to safeguard Constitutional Liberties such as the presumption of innocence and the Second Amendment.,” reads the resolution. According to Elbert County Commissioner Chris Richardson, they had not been contacted by any citizens asking them not to pass the resolution. “We have gotten a lot of calls and emails from people who support us,” said Richardson. “Nobody has contacted us or urged us not to do this for any reason.” He went on to say that the result of these kinds of laws have a negligible impact, and the county already has laws on the books that allows those who are a danger to themselves and others to be dealt with. “Many of the most heinous incidents nationwide have been people who can’t even legally possess guns,” said Richardson. “Everybody would like to see something different, and they are focusing on firearms as the tool, instead of addressing mental-health issues. We […]

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