UPDATED: Logan commissioners mull gun sanctuary idea

UPDATED: Logan commissioners mull gun sanctuary idea

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The Logan County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing later this month to discuss becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. According to news reports, Weld and Montezuma counties are considering sanctuary county measures and sheriffs in El Paso and Teller Counties have come out in opposition to the law. The movement is prompted by the passage and probable adoption into law of Colorado House Bill 19-1177. The bill would allow for the confiscation of weapons owned by someone deemed to be at risk to endangering themselves or others. The controversy over the bill centers on language that requires only a "preponderance of evidence" and gives the subject of the order no notice of or opportunity to be heard during a court hearing to decide whether guns should be confiscated. The subject must then show beyond reasonable doubt that he or she is not a danger before getting the guns back, and even then record of the proceeding is easily found during a background check. At their meeting Tuesday, commissioners Byron Pelton and Jane Bauder were adamant about "sending a message" with a sanctuary declaration. Pelton circulated a draft resolution written along the lines of some offered by other Colorado counties. Both Pelton and Bauder repeatedly mentioned violations of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which affirms a citizen’s right to bear arms, thus the term "Second Amendment Sanctuary." Pelton also pointed to the danger posed to law enforcement officers being ordered to execute the confiscation. "We’re […]

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