Haines borough becomes Second Amendment Sanctuary

Haines borough becomes Second Amendment Sanctuary

Haines Borough has joined an ever-growing list of municipalities nationwide vowing to uphold the Second Amendment in the event the federal government enacts what the assembly views as unconstitutional gun regulations. Although the words “Second Amendment Sanctuary” were removed from the resolution prior to passage on Tuesday, in keeping with resolutions from other gun sanctuaries, it expresses the borough’s intent to oppose state or federal laws that would infringe on the right to bear arms. Assembly member Paul Rogers, who brought the resolution forward at the request of resident Mike Armour, said he removed explicit reference to a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” in an effort to compromise with those who have spoken out against the resolution. After delaying a vote last month on the resolution, the Haines Borough Assembly voted 4-2 to support the resolution with the modified language. Assembly members Carol Tuynman and Caitie Kirby were opposed. Rogers and assembly members Gabe Thomas, Jerry Lapp and Cheryl Stickler voted in favor. The measure has drawn a lot of public input since it first appeared in an assembly meeting packet in April. Sixteen people spoke at the Tuesday meeting and another 27 submitted letters. Of these, 18 favored the resolution and 25 opposed it. A petition with more than 200 signatures supporting the resolution was submitted. There was some overlap between speakers, letter submitters and petition signers. Those in favor said they worry the time will come when the government tries to take away people’s right to own guns and […]

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