Sheriffs and Prosecutors Vow to Resist New Gun Laws

Sheriffs and Prosecutors Vow to Resist New Gun Laws

Gun Rights

Russian weapons designer Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov holding his best-known creation, the AK-47, 1997. Across the country, law enforcement agencies are telling their legislatures that they’ve had enough. From several states, they have decided to join forces in refusing to enforce laws that inappropriately limit the Second Amendment. The movement is called “Second Amendment Sanctuary” : For instance, in New Mexico, 30 of 33 county sheriffs have signed a letter pledging to not help enforce several gun-control measures supported by Democrats in Santa Fe, according to the state’s sheriff association. The sheriffs, who are elected, say they are heeding the wishes of voters in the counties they serve. More than two dozen counties in the state have enacted ‘sanctuary’ resolutions backing the sheriffs and affirming that no tax dollars in their jurisdictions should go to enforcing the proposed laws. Those fighting back against the sheriffs have accused them of “going rogue.” In New Mexico, the legislature is moving forward to require background checks for most private gun sales; they are also proposing a “mental health” measure to confiscate weapons from people who others identify as a threat. “Red flag” legislation has caused most of the resistance: A New Mexico bill passed by the state House would allow family members or those close to a gun owner to ask a court to temporarily confiscate the person’s gun if they think the person poses an immediate danger to themselves or others. New Mexico sheriffs say that they already have legal ways to […]

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