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Second Amendment Resolution to be considered

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Chaves County might soon join a growing list of New Mexico counties expressing displeasure with controversial gun safety bills by designating themselves a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.

A resolution declaring “support for the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and declaring Chaves County to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County” is among the items listed on the agenda for the Board of Commissioner’s meeting Thursday, Feb. 21.

The text of the resolution states that if the resolution is passed, “this Board will not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purpose of enforcing law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

Commission Chair William Cavin said the resolution is something he has not discussed with his fellow commissioners, but is something he has been thinking about for several weeks, as multiple gun laws have been proposed and heard in the Legislature.

The resolution has already passed in Curry, Quay, Socorro and Union county commissions.

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The resolutions have come about as the New Mexico Legislature has been hearing and voting on various gun safety bills. Thursday the New Mexico Senate narrowly passed a bill to require background checks for virtually all gun sales that take place within the state. Another bill that would allow law enforcement or a household family member to petition a court to suspend someone’s access to a gun also passed the House Wednesday.

Many county sheriffs in New Mexico have voiced opposition to the bills stating they are unenforceable and would infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

Thursday’s meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Chaves County Administrative Center.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301,or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.