In a move that mocks liberals and their immigration policy, more than 50 counties in six states have declared themselves as ‘2nd Amendment sanctuaries’ as more sheriffs support the initiative.
A newly published report in Reuters details how counties are rebelling against their state’s Democratic-controlled legislature.
County boards by the dozens are approving sanctuary status for gun owners.
The argument centers around the idea that state law does not override the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
According to Wikipedia, counties in Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington have already enacted these regulations with the support of the local sheriff’s office. All but one of those states, Colorado, is in Democratic control and are currently in the process of passing restrictive gun laws.
In Washington, a new law that raises the age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle to 21, enhances background checks, and extends the waiting period to 10 days goes into effect in July. Half the state’s sheriffs say they won’t enforce it.
Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee has already threatened his sheriffs saying, “they could be held liable” for not enforcing the law.
This would indicate the Governor is willing to sue or force the sheriffs out if they do not comply.
New Mexico is also facing a standoff.
25 of New Mexico’s 33 counties have adopted ‘2nd Amendment sanctuary’ status despite the pending laws.
New Mexico’s Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took to Twitter to voice her displeasure over “rogue sheriffs” unwilling to enforce a possible state law.
I’m not daunted by obstacles, whether it’s NRA propaganda, rogue sheriffs throwing a childish pity party or bad-faith critics. Legislative leaders and I will continue to fight the scourge of gun violence in our communities. #nmleg #nmpol #SB8
— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) February 26, 2019
If the sheriffs and counties don’t get on board with the state’s new laws, then the responsibility for executing the new regulations would fall on state police, and so far there hasn’t been any indication if they would join their law enforcement counterparts or follow the law they’ve pledge to uphold.
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