Idaho County residents demand Second Amendment sanctuary measure

Idaho County residents demand Second Amendment sanctuary measure

A couple thousand Idaho County residents have petitioned the county commission to immediately adopt a resolution declaring Idaho County a Second Amendment sanctuary county. Chris Bronson/Idaho Press file GRANGEVILLE — Faced with 2,000 petition signatures and threats to retaliate at the polls, the Idaho County commissioners Tuesday declined demands that they immediately adopt a resolution declaring Idaho County a Second Amendment sanctuary county. After an hourlong hearing in which nearly 50 people were packed into the commissioners’ meeting room, Commissioner Denis Duman said the board would take the petition and the request for a Second Amendment resolution under advisement. The crowd was not happy about that. Phil Volkman, a retired veterinarian from Grangeville, told the commissioners that if the 2,000 signatures on the petitions he presented Tuesday were not enough to persuade them, there are plenty of other people in the county who will show up to voice their opinions. As it was, the commissioners’ room was standing room only, and cars filled up parking spaces for two blocks around the courthouse. Duman and newly elected Commissioner Ted Lindsley listened to the presentation with little comment, other than to vouch that the commissioners fully support the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights that includes the Second Amendment. Duman said the board would agree to affirm an ordinance passed by the county commissioners in 2003 that declares those laws “shall be upheld and enforced within the boundaries of Idaho County; repugnant acts, ordinances, or regulations of government in clear […]

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