By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Mohave County Board of Supervisors (Information):
Mohave County, Arizona: The Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Monday, November 4th, 2019 to approve Second Amendment Sanctuary County in Mohave County, Arizona.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez was there at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Meeting in Kingman, Arizona where the vote happened.
The resolution was brought to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors by Mohave County Board Chair Hildy Angius, and states that the Mohave County Board of Supervisors, “will not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purpose of enforcing laws that unconstitutionally infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms.”
Some Arizona officials as well as members of the public spoke during the meeting.
Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster said he supported the resolution, saying “Myself and my staff swore an oath to defend the rights of people that were bestowed upon them by the U.S. Constitution and the Arizona Constitution. I’m an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment. There will always be a need to regulate the use of firearms for the safety and security of our communities – however, the rights of our citizens to carry firearms will, God willing, never be infringed … The day they outlaw guns is the day your sheriff becomes an outlaw.”
United States Representative Paul Gosar said Second Amendment rights are going to be important during the upcoming presidential election.
“America has to wake up. Our First and Second Amendment rights are tied together. If you don’t have the Second Amendment, you don’t have the First,” said United States Representative Paul Gosar, adding “You see this fast encroachment in the federal government. This is a rare opportunity to see what you’re for and what you’re against … this is about the strength of empowerment. Thousands of crimes are thwarted each year because a citizen had the personal protection of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is there for tyranny against a government that is overbearing. I applaud you for making this commencement … thank you for standing up for American citizens and the Second Amendment.”
State Representative Leo Biasiucci said this resolution was symbolic not only to Arizonans, but to others beyond Arizona’s borders, and that people moving to Arizona should know that Mohave County supports their Second Amendment rights.
“There are a lot of people moving to Arizona, and it’s important to show this is a county that supports their Second Amendment rights. I think it’s vital in getting the right people to move to our district,” said State Representative Leo Biasiucci.
State Representative Leo Biasiucci later said that he and other state’s legislature colleagues have seen a growing movement to weaken the Second Amendment protections in Arizona.
“We’re starting to see bills come through the legislature from the other side of the aisle, trying to control and take away our gun rights. I will always be a ‘no’ vote on any bill that tries to take away those rights,” said State Representative Leo Biasiucci, adding, “People need to know how important it is to elect people who are going to protect our Second Amendment rights. The moment that’s gone, I think our country is over.”
Arizona State Senator Sonny Borrelli spoke in support of the resolution.
“I support the rights of citizens to defend themselves. They should be able to maintain that God-given right,” said State Senator Sonny Borrelli.
Also in attendance and spoke during the meeting were Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral.
Both spoke in support of Mohave County Board of Supervisor’s stands in support of Second Amendment rights in their county.
As first reported on ZachNews, the City of Needles voted in June 2019 to declared their city a Second Amendment Sanctuary City, and approved a Second Amendment Sanctuary City resolution for Needles, California in July 2019.
The moved by the City of Needles, the first California city to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary City, comes as dozens of other counties, towns, cities and even four states across the United States have passed similar initiatives in recent years.
Officials in Mohave County saw what their neighbors across the Colorado River were doing, and voted to support that community’s decision in August 2019 to support Second Amendment.
Several residents spoke during the meeting, speaking in support of the resolution for Second Amendment Sanctuary County in Mohave County, Arizona.
Only one person spoke in opposition to the resolution being approved right at this moment.
Mary McCord Robinson said even though it was a big social media topic over the weekend, this is the first time the resolution has come up in the county.
Mary McCord Robinson said she owns various types of guns, has a permit to carry a concealed firearm, supports the Second Amendment and isn’t in favor of “Red Flag” laws as currently written, but questions the timing and asked whether it was necessary at this point.
“I think there needs to be more discussion. I think there needs to be more and better understanding,” said Mary McCord Robinson, adding, “The Constitution is there to protect us. We have a sheriff who just spoke and said he upholds the Constitution. I don’t understand why we need another layer.”
Mohave County Board Chair Hildy Angius told members and those in attendance that the resolution is, “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.”
Mohave County Board Chair Hildy Angius said that she has received support from many members of the community.
Mohave County Board Chair Hildy Angius told members and those in attendance, “This is a statement from Mohave County that if congress, the state legislature or the governor passes laws that infringe on our Second Amendment rights, with the help and leadership of our county sheriff, they’re in for a big fight. I hope other Arizona counties will follow suit.”
After public comments and discussion was held, Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the resolution.
You can view the resolution under Agenda Item #52.
** Agenda Item #52 (Click Link Below): **