Ward County Commission seeks more review of 2nd Amendment ordinance

Ward County Commission seeks more review of 2nd Amendment ordinance

Jill Schramm/MDN Greg Demme speaks to the Ward County Commission Tuesday on a proposed Second Amendment ordinance. An ordinance spelling out Ward County’s stance on Second Amendment gun rights didn’t quite have enough support for passage at a county commission meeting Tuesday. However, Ward County commissioners indicated interest in approving an ordinance once State’s Attorney Roza Larson and Sheriff Robert Roed say the language is clear of any legal or enforcement issues. Larson is to present an approved draft to the commission at its next meeting Sept. 7. Hesitancy over the language by Commissioners Jim Rostad, Shelly Weppler and John Pietsch kept the commission from approving the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” advocated by a group of county residents. Commissioners John Fjeldahl and Howard “Bucky” Anderson voted for the act, although original language was removed that required the sheriff to arrest federal agents seeking to enforce any federal gun rules outlawed under the act. Travis Zablotney, Minot, spoke for the Second Amendment group in stating they don’t want a resolution to simply articulate support for the Second Amendment. They want an ordinance to actually defend it, he said. “I’m asking our county at this level to, again, place in ordinance the law that would give the sheriff the rightful and lawful ability to arrest anyone that would attempt to violate those rights,” Zablotney said. “We do, in fact, have the lawful right to set our own laws and to enforce them, even if it’s a federal agent coming in to […]

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