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Arizona officials adopt ‘2nd Amendment sanctuary county’ status


PHOENIX – As residents in one part of Arizona were deciding whether to create a “sanctuary city,” officials in another part of the state declared “Second Amendment sanctuary county” status.

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the gun rights resolution Monday, a day before Tucson’s sanctuary city vote.

Even supporters of the northwest Arizona county’s resolution acknowledged that it was a symbolic gesture.

“(The resolution) is nothing legally binding,” Chairwoman Hildy Angius said during the meeting in Kingman, according to “It’s a statement by a government entity about something we feel strongly about. It’s not a law or an ordinance – it’s a resolution of support.

“We have the support of the sheriff, and if it ever gets to the point where the courts would have to get involved because of gun laws implemented by the feds or the state, we would step up and fight them.”

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Prescott), state Sen. Sonny Borrelli (R-Lake Havasu City) and state Rep. Leo Biasiucci (R-Lake Havasu City) were on hand to support the resolution.

“Although this is symbolic in nature, this reaffirms the county’s commitment, as well as mine, to support and defend the U.S. and Arizona constitutions,” Borrelli said Tuesday in a press release.

The resolution cites Needles, California’s move this summer to declare itself a “Second Amendment sanctuary city.”

Meanwhile, Tucson voters were deciding Tuesday whether to create the Arizona’s first sanctuary city through a proposal to restrict when police in the state’s second-largest city can inquire about immigration status or cooperate with federal law enforcement.

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