San Clemente Declared Second Amendment Freedom City

San Clemente Declared Second Amendment Freedom City

SUPPORT THIS INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the SC Times is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here . Thank you. By Shawn Raymundo A nonbinding resolution that the city council passed on Tuesday, June 1, declared San Clemente as a Second Amendment Freedom City—a slight departure from the initial proposal by Mayor Pro Tem Gene James that called for a sanctuary city designation . The council’s 3-2 vote, with Mayor Kathy Ward and Councilmember Chris Duncan opposed, followed comments from more than three dozen residents who were largely divided on the symbolic resolution aimed at reinforcing the constitutional right to bear arms. “I bring this up, because I do see many of our constitutional rights being trampled upon,” James, the author of the resolution, said on Tuesday night, referring to coronavirus-related restrictions during the pandemic. James went on to also argue that Second Amendment rights in particular are under attack. As an example, he pointed to California’s list of firearms that must meet certain criteria and certified by the Department of Justice before being sold […]

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