Nye County commissioners followed up an ordinance on gun rights introduced at their final meeting with a resolution Tuesday declaring they would preserve and defend the Second Amendment.
The resolution is 1 of numerous passed in the wake of the college shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December that took the lives of 20 kids and six adults that spurred a new nationwide gun handle debate.
The resolution, requested by county commission chairman Butch Borasky, repeats the wording of the Second Amendment.
“The Board of County Commissioners of Nye County, Nevada, desires to adopt a formal resolution to preserve and defend the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and Section 11 of the Nevada Constitution,” the resolution states.
It adds the Second Amendment protects the proper of self defense, defense of other individuals, defense of the nation and assumes the appropriate of hunting and sport shooting.
“There are forces in our nation that are striving to take away our right to bear arms,” the resolution reads.
It refers to two U.S. Supreme Court circumstances, District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, which held that the correct to hold and bear arms is an person right.
“All 17 of the county sheriffs in Nevada expressed in a letter they really feel the ideal way to address gun violence is not necessarily by limiting magazine capacities or sorts of guns for purchase but rather by addressing problems behind violence, such as mental illness, gangs and drugs,” the resolution states. “The county of Nye, State of Nevada, will not enforce any unlawful and unconstitutional statutes, executive orders, international treaties or other regulations and proclamations that conflict and are expressly preempted by the rulings of the United States Supreme Court on the appropriate of an individual to maintain and bear arms.”
The county commission encourages the head of each household within Nye County to possess a firearm fit for personal defense, to acquire professional instruction and maintain a safe household for that firearm in an work to stop accidents.
Borasky wanted to add two paragraphs from an Elko County Commission resolution. They state research by the National Academy of Sciences and the Center for Illness Handle identified no proof gun manage laws truly decrease crime and that Americans today are safer from gun crime than at any time given that the 1960s.
Commissioner Donna Cox stated the resolution was discussed at a meeting of the Concerned Citizens for a Secure Neighborhood Monday night. The CCSC wanted to delete language about addressing troubles behind the violence, like mental illness, gangs and drugs.
Cox also wanted to consist of wording that Nye County residents would have the ability to carry concealed weapons with no a permit. Sheriff Tony DeMeo mentioned that would be against state law.
Commissioner Dan Schinhofen, who was attending a Nevada State Legislature meeting, stated by conference contact from Carson City that he wouldn’t amend his motion to contain Cox’s changes.
“We could get into the weeds right here and make this 20 pages extended, this is a resolution that truly has no force of law,” Schinhofen stated. He added, “We are encouraging heads of households to be armed. This doesn’t imply households have to be armed. This is just how the board feels.”
Commissioner Lorinda Wichman read a letter from Dennis Crooks of Pahrump who objected to the resolution and told commissioners to address larger priorities.
“The schools in Pahrump are very overcrowded, funds for education is scarce and the dropout price is 1 of the worst in America. The roads are horrible and badly in want of repair. Really couple of jobs and virtually no good paying jobs can be discovered in this valley. Our well being care technique is ranked as 1 of the poorest in America,” Crooks wrote.
“So instead of attempting to tackle any of the genuine issues we face, you will be wasting your time voting on a resolution about the Second Amendment. Please devote your time and power on troubles that will truly advantage the folks of Nye County. Do not grandstand to the crazy gun crowd who thinks the government is in fact going to take away their guns. This will in no way happen,” he wrote.
Crooks stated, “Certain varieties of weapons probably do not belong in the hands of the common public. Shooting 20 six-year-old kids with 5 to ten bullets in every of their bodies in a minute or two demands some reasonable response.”
Amargosa Valley Town Board member John Bosta mentioned he didn’t think it was proper to pass a resolution even though the county commission was waiting for the public hearing on an ordinance addressing gun rights.
But there have been a handful of supporters who spoke up in favor of the agenda item.
“This Second Amendment problem is not about guns, it is about no matter whether politicians and individuals in authority can nullify the rights of folks as we speak,” Louis DeCanio said.
He added, “to produce any new laws and stipulations essentially nullifying the Second Amendment will not solve any issues, but force men and women to select sides between the patriot freedom fighters and the gestapo. We all know gun laws only impact law abiding citizens.”
Dean Brooks said the state law the sheriff referred to was “a contradiction to the God-offered right to bear arms.”
“All we have to do is violate these laws en masse and get them changed. In this country, according to the Second Amendment, in order to keep a free state you require a effectively-armed militia and the correct of the folks to bear arms shall not be infringed. There should be no gun laws in this country,” Brooks mentioned.
The National Rifle Association every month cites examples of four or 5 people who stopped crime basically by showing a gun, he said.
Brooks stated the people should be able to have the weapons the military has.
Kenny Bent stated he was grateful for the resolution.
“I feel it’s Jefferson who mentioned we will have as a lot tyranny as we accept until we draw a line in the sand. I appreciate we are making that move, producing a statement as a neighborhood,” he mentioned.
But like Cox, he thought the county was leaving the door open with the clause about individuals with mental illness.
“I would just like to see that portion of it removed so we’re not opening a door for setting up classes of folks,” he mentioned.
County Commissioner Frank Carbone agreed with Bent, he felt that clause could result in some individuals to drop their rights in a heartbeat. But it stayed in the resolution.