Montezuma commissioners declare county a gun sanctuary

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Montezuma commissioners declare county a gun sanctuary

Montezuma commissioners react to ‘red flag’ bill in Colorado Legislature;
Sheriff Nowlin declines to sign resolution, citing sworn duty to uphold law
A boy wears a “Make America Great Again” hat during a public hearing Thursday on three draft resolutions about making Montezuma County a gun sanctuary from a proposed state law.
Montezuma County commissioners Larry Don Suckla, right, Keenan Ertel and Jim Candelaria listen to public comment on Thursday night regarding gun control.
As more than 150 people packed in the Montezuma County commissioners chamber on Thursday night for a public hearing on gun control, eight people watched the hearing from an overflow room at the county annex building.
A line formed as Montezuma County residents addressed the Board of County Commissioners over gun control.
People react to a speaker who supported stronger gun control at a Montezuma County public hearing on Thursday night.
Vietnam veteran William Taylor reads from the Constitution on Thursday night in support of a gun sanctuary in Montezuma County.
A man wears a shirt supporting gun rights at a Montezuma County public hearing on Thursday night.
County commissioners considered three drafts of resolution

The Journal
In response to a proposed gun-control law by the Colorado Legislature – House Bill 19-1177 Extreme Risk Protection Orders – the Montezuma County Commissioners considered three versions of a resolution to protect gun rights and constitutional rights.
“Declaration that Montezuma County is a Sanctuary County for the Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms”The commissioners unanimously approved the resolution during a special meeting Thursday that was attended by 150 residents. But because a resolution is more of a statement than legal document, they vowed to back it up with a county ordinance within 30 days to establish the gun sanctuary by county law. The resolution declared without elaboration that the county is a “Sanctuary County for the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.” It removed a stronger protection clause from a previously proposed “opposition” resolution to new gun-control laws.
“Opposition to Infringement Upon the Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms.”The commissioners claim the proposed state law would violate citizens’ right to bear arms and is therefore “unconstitutional” and “beyond legislative authority.” The document did not include the word “sanctuary” and resolved that the county would protect citizens’ rights and would not violate those rights. A motion to pass the resolution was made by Commissioner Jim Candelaria last week, but it died for lack of a second because commissioners Keenan Ertel and Larry Don Suckla wanted the county to be defined as a gun rights “sanctuary” in the resolution. Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin said he would sign his name to this resolution, but not if the word “sanctuary” was added because it implies he won’t enforce state law, which he took an oath to uphold.
“Declaration that Montezuma County is a Sanctuary County for Constitutional Rights”The draft cites the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution and Colorado Constitution that “guarantee protection of the people from the government.” The resolution states the people of Montezuma County assert “these individual civil rights as inalienable rights not to be infringed upon.” It resolves that Montezuma County is a “Sanctuary County that wishes to protect U.S. and Colorado Constitutional rights.”

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Montezuma commissioners declare county a gun sanctuary

A boy wears a “Make America Great Again” hat during a public hearing Thursday on three draft resolutions about making Montezuma County a gun sanctuary from a proposed state law.
Montezuma County commissioners Larry Don Suckla, right, Keenan Ertel and Jim Candelaria listen to public comment on Thursday night regarding gun control.
As more than 150 people packed in the Montezuma County commissioners chamber on Thursday night for a public hearing on gun control, eight people watched the hearing from an overflow room at the county annex building.
A line formed as Montezuma County residents addressed the Board of County Commissioners over gun control.
People react to a speaker who supported stronger gun control at a Montezuma County public hearing on Thursday night.
Vietnam veteran William Taylor reads from the Constitution on Thursday night in support of a gun sanctuary in Montezuma County.
A man wears a shirt supporting gun rights at a Montezuma County public hearing on Thursday night.
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