Letter to the Editor: Chaffee Chose Not to Become a “Sanctuary’ County

Letter to the Editor: Chaffee Chose Not to Become a “Sanctuary’ County

Dear Editor, The extreme Risk Protection Order, ERPO, commonly known as the “Red Flag Law” and the attendant effort to declare Chaffee County a second amendment sanctuary has played prominently as a 2020 campaign issue. Many of the descriptions of the Board of County Commissioner’s (BoCC) decision not to take up the question of becoming a sanctuary county are inconsistent accounts with what actually happened. I attended the March 19, 2019 meeting of the BoCC and am writing to set the record straight as to what really happened that day. “Study in Black”, wood sculpture by Sean O’Meallie. “These guns are on the verge of mayhem. Only the lucky and the absent survive.” -Sean O’Meallie. Merrell Bergin image, courtesy Sangre de Cristo Arts Center – Pueblo, CO. Sheriff Spezze presented his case for a “sanctuary” declaration. Following that, Commissioner Felt expounded at length upon the support the county had given to the Sheriff’s Department and the reasons the “sanctuary” designation was inappropriate. Felt’s comments were echoed by Commissioner Baker. Commissioner Granzella voiced his discomfort with the term “sanctuary” and said he could not support the “sanctuary” designation. In the end, no commissioner offered a motion to consider the “sanctuary” declaration and the matter died. Chairman Felt subsequently lost control of the meeting when a member of the audience stood and demanded a “vote” on the issue by the Commissioners. One by one, the commissioners voiced opposition to the “sanctuary” declaration. It is unclear why Commissioner Felt allowed this to […]

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