Jasper County becomes Iowa’s first gun sanctuary despite objections

Jasper County becomes Iowa’s first gun sanctuary despite objections

Opponents say county is jumping the gun, supporters say fire away Expand Jasper County Supervisor Brandon Talsma participates in a past trapshoot fundraiser for the local Republican party. On Tuesday, July 13, the Jasper County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to pass a resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary, the first county in the state to do so. (Christopher Braunschweig) Jasper County is now officially a “gun sanctuary” — the first in the state — which means it will not have the sheriff’s office nor other employees enforce federal or state laws that the board of supervisors believe infringe on the Second Amendment rights of its citizens in the unincorporated territories. The Jasper County Board of Supervisors on July 13 voted 3-0 to approve the resolution, much to the dismay or to the delight of the roughly 30 or so citizens who attended the meeting. Several people spoke in favor of or in opposition to the all-Republican board’s proposal. Originally presented last week, the resolution was delayed so residents could have more time to weigh-in on the topic. The county was also accused of trying to “backdoor” the legislation by introducing it on the agenda during a holiday weekend. Newton News published an article about the agenda item July 3. Supporters and opponents of the resolution were given a little more than two minutes to share their arguments for or against the proposed gun sanctuary. OPPONENTS SAY… Many who voiced their opposition to the resolution criticized gun […]

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