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Maricopa County resolves to preserve 2nd Amendment gun rights

PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday adopted a resolution to become a “Second Amendment Preservation County.”

The resolution affirms the county’s support of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

The original resolution resolved that no county resources will be used to “infringe on the people’s constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms,” but supervisors eliminated that language.

The board passed the resolution by a 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Steve Gallardo the only opponent.

Other municipalities in Arizona and across the country have adopted similar Second Amendment sanctuary status.

Gallardo argued constitutional rights are an issue for the courts to deal with, not the county.

He also brought up the 1997 incident in which former Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox was wounded after a meeting by a gunman who opposed stadium funding.

“I never thought I would be opposing a resolution,” he said before the vote. “A resolution should not be divisive. It should not be partisan.”

Other supervisors cited constituent support among their reasons for wanting to approve the resolution.

“This is a, basically, resolution that reaffirms our support to the constitution in its entirety,” Chairman Clint Hickman said in response to Gallardo’s objections.

Public commenters like Edith Smith expressed opposition to the resolution, but they weren’t allowed to speak until the vote was completed.

“You say your constituents were worried that their guns were going to be confiscated,” Smith said. “As elected officials, your job is not to further rile the unsubstantiated fears of your constituents, but to try to calm them down.

“I don’t think that’s what happened today.”

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