Commissioners in Yavapai County, Arizona are holding off on a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution, after residents demanded stronger language than what the commissioners had originally offered.
KAFF reports that, just as we’ve seen in Virginia and Kentucky in recent weeks, hundreds of individuals turned out in support of the Second Amendment.
Hundreds packed the Board of Supervisors chambers Thursday in Prescott, to voice their opinion on the matter. The meeting lasted about three hours, with those who wanted to speak given two minutes each to do so. The proclamation says the county supports the Second Amendment and left it pretty general. A member of Congressman Paul Gosar’s staff read a statement from Gosar, saying he would like to see the proclamation be stronger worded and focus on “red flag” laws.
The website SignalsAZ provides some more color to Thursday’s meeting, noting the crowds that were “spilling into the lobby and even outside the building.”
After hearing over 100 speakers at today’s meeting, many with the opinion that the current proclamation is not worded clearly enough, the board closed public comment and began discussion among themselves. Board Supervisor, Mary Mallory spoke up with a motion to table the proclamation stating “These people speak America and I cannot ignore America.” to which the members of the audience cheered loudly and applauded her comment. Thomas Thurman, Board Supervisor quickly seconded her motion.
After making the decision to table the current proclamation, Craig Brown, Board Chairman stated they would revisit the proclamation and work on rewording it in a manner that would be more effective and clear. They would plan to take into consideration all the speakers at today’s meeting had to say then “will get this into the papers, direct the lawyers to look at the paperwork.”
It’s great to see the county supervisors actually listened to the voices of the people and are going back to the drawing board with their resolution. It’s also fantastic to see the hundreds of county residents that showed up in the supposedly safe state of Arizona to express their support for the right to keep and bear arms.
The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement began as a local enterprise in Illinois in 2017, and it has morphed and grown in the ensuing months to the point that we have Second Amendment Sanctuaries stretching from coast to coast. It’s also serving to engage gun owners in the political process at a very opportune time, with the November elections looming as a clear threat to the right to keep and bear arms if Democrats seize control of the White House and the U.S. Senate.
I wish the citizens of Yavapai County the best of luck in holding their elected officials accountable, and in passing the strongest resolution possible. I also encourage them to stay involved even after the vote has been cast. This is an election year, and we need to view these Second Amendment Sanctuary meetings as the first step, not the last, in securing our Second Amendment rights.