Gun ‘sanctuary’ proposal stalls

Gun 'sanctuary' proposal stalls

The Sebastian County Quorum Court took no action on a proposed "constitutional rights sanctuary" ordinance Tuesday. County Judge David Hudson said after the meeting that District 3 Justice of the Peace Shawn Looper made a motion to adopt the ordinance, but it failed for lack of a second and did not come up for a vote. The purpose of the constitutional rights sanctuary ordinance is to protect "the state and federal constitutional rights" of Sebastian County residents, according to the proposal. It states that certain actions that it describes as "unlawful acts" will be invalid and not recognized by Sebastian County, rendering them null and void and of no effect in the county. The proposed ordinance defines such acts as any federal, state or local act, law, order, rule or regulation that restricts an individual’s constitutional rights. The meeting, which was originally scheduled to take place in April, was plagued by technical difficulties. Those who decided to watch or participate in the meeting via Zoom in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic had difficulty hearing and/or understanding what was said at the meeting location, the Greenwood High School safe shelter. This included Sebastian County Justices of the Peace Jackie Davis, James Butler, Valeria Robinson, Rhonda Royal, Linda Willsey Murry and Karla Reedy, although they could hear themselves without issue. Hudson said because of these problems, he had to double-check that the justices of the peace who were on Zoom could hear him and Looper’s motion, with them confirming that […]

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