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City stands with county as second amendment sanctuary

City Councilor Jeanine Corn Best, left, brought four unloaded firearms to share her support of Roswell becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary city to the Roswell City Council on Thursday. Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington, right, holds two rifles and Deputy Charles Yslas (not pictured) held the other two before the dais in the new council chambers at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center. (Alison Penn Photo)

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Resolution supporting ‘unborn’ passed

Reporter’s note: This article has been edited for clarity.

Two resolutions, one declaring Roswell a Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution sanctuary city and another “in support of the unborn,” were passed by the Roswell City Council.

In the drafted abstracts of both resolutions, the city stated to not enforce proposed laws or regulations conflicting with the right to bear arms or protecting “fetal life” and morals of healthcare professionals. These resolutions are in response to gun control and limitations on abortion currently being reviewed by the New Mexico State Legislature.

The resolution for Second Amendment sanctuary measure was passed 9 to 1 by the council. After being amended to include support of adoption, the resolution in support of the unborn was approved with a vote of 7 to 1 with one councilor abstaining.

City Council held its first meeting in the recently opened Roswell Convention & Civic Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Previously, the meeting has been held in the Bassett Auditorium at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

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City Councilors Savino Sanchez, Jacob Roebuck, Judy Stubbs, Steve Henderson, Caleb Grant, Jeanine Corn Best, Barry Foster, Angela Moore and Juan Oropesa were present for the meeting, while Councilor George Peterson was absent.

Nearly two hours of the meeting were dedicated to discussing the two resolutions. About 300 chairs were counted in the new council chamber on the convention center’s north side. Most chairs were occupied with citizens and residents wearing New Mexican flag stickers with “I stand with the Sheriff.”

Five attendees including Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington spoke in favor of the Second Amendment measure. Five other attendees also shared their views on the unborn resolution.

On both items, Mayor Dennis Kintigh asked the audience to raise their hands in favor or against the resolutions. For the Second Amendment sanctuary, nearly all of the room showed support and only two hands were raised in opposition. In support of the unborn resolution, all hands were raised and no hands raised in opposition.

City Manager Joe Neeb stated that the resolution in support of the unborn did not formally pass through a committee, but was requested by five councilors to be considered by the full council. In an email, City Clerk Sharon Coll clarified that Councilors Sanchez, Roebuck, Grant, Best and Henderson requested that said resolution be placed on the full council’s agenda.

Beginning discussion of the resolution supporting the unborn, Councilor Sanchez announced he had been notified that House Bill 51 rescinding the state’s 50-year-old abortion law did not pass the Senate.

More coverage on the meeting will appear in a later edition.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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