Needles becomes Second Amendment sanctuary city

Needles becomes Second Amendment sanctuary city

Gun Rights

NEEDLES — Can sanctuary, readily granted to people in some parts of California, be extended to provisions of the United States Constitution? Can actions of one tiny city be an instrument of change for state law? “The Needles City Council has voted unanimously to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city,” reads a June 15 prepared statement from the city of Needles. “In taking this action, the city became the first California city to make such a formal declaration. In addition to declaring itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city, the council voted to form an ad hoc committee to study the issue and draft a resolution setting forth requested changes in California gun laws and policy.” The question came before council in the form of a discretionary item requested by Councilor Timothy Terral on the June 11 agenda. Terral’s observation, quoted in the city’s agenda documentation and talked about in open session during the meeting, is that some — perhaps many — residents of Arizona and Nevada refuse to enter California, Needles included, due to state prohibitions on carrying firearms. Terral advised those assembled the state, “Does not allow them to come to California and get a CCW (a permit to carry a concealed weapon). He continued that people don’t come to Needles to shop, or to visit, for that reason; and that quite a few have stated they’d take Mohave County Route 1 through Golden Shores to connect to eastbound Interstate 40 so they could avoid California altogether. […]

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