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Commissioners to vote on Second Amendment resolution today

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A resolution to declare Chaves County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County will be taken up by county commissioners today.

Commissioners will hear public comment, discuss and vote on the resolution during their regular monthly meeting at 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Chaves County Administrative Center.

Will Cavin, commission chair, said Wednesday he hopes to move the resolution to the top of the agenda so people who come to comment on it will not have to stay for the entire meeting.

The resolution affirms the county’s support for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and states that “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.”

Commissioners in Curry, Eddy, Lincoln, Quay, San Juan, Socorro and Union counties have passed similar resolutions to allow their sheriffs not to enforce several new gun safety bills taken up by the New Mexico Legislature should they become law.

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Legislation to require federal background checks for nearly all gun sales passed the New Mexico Senate Feb. 14 and now goes to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her signature.

Another bill which would allow law enforcement or a household family member to petition a district court to temporarily suspend a person’s right to access firearms or ammunition if an individual is found to pose an imminent danger to themselves or other individuals, passed the New Mexico House Feb. 13.

House Republicans and most of New Mexico’s 33 county sheriffs though have come out against the laws, calling them unenforceable and that they would infringe upon the Constitutional rights of people who are not criminals.

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

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