Montezuma commissioners declare county a gun sanctuary

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Montezuma commissioners declare county a gun sanctuary

Resolution comes as Colorado Legislature considers ‘red flag’ bill
Montezuma County Commissioners Larry Don Suckla, right, Keenan Ertel and Jim Candelaria listen to public comment Thursday night about gun control.
A boy wears a “Make America Great Again” hat during a public hearing Thursday on three draft resolutions that could make Montezuma County exempt from a proposed state law.
As more than 150 people packed in the Montezuma County commissioners’ chamber Thursday night for a public hearing about gun control, 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 about gun control.
People react to a speaker who supported stronger gun control at a Montezuma County public hearing 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 Thursday night.
Montezuma County commissioners chose from three versions to declare the county a gun sanctuary

The draft of the resolution that Montezuma County commissioners presented to about 80 people who attended the meeting on Tuesday vowed to “protect individual civil rights and not violate the Constitutional rights of people,” pitting it against a law that the commissioners said “infringes upon the people’s Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.”
The revised drafts that commissioners took to Thursday’s meeting for public input included less potent language. All contained the names of commissioners Ertel, Candelaria Suckla and Percell, but Nowlin’s name was left off the two drafts that declared a sanctuary.
The approved draft, “Declaration That Montezuma County is a Sanctuary County for the Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” removed the proposed protection clause that was presented Tuesday and declared without elaboration that the county was a “Sanctuary County for the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”
An optional draft, “Declaration That Montezuma County is a Sanctuary County for Constitutional Rights,” declared that the county is a “Sanctuary County that wishes to protect U.S. and Colorado Constitutional rights.” It retreated from the county’s draft presented Tuesday that it “will protect” people’s civil and Constitutional rights.
The other option, “Opposition to Infringement Upon the Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” made no mention of becoming a gun sanctuary, but it resolved to “protect individual civil rights and not violate the Constitutional rights of the people.” Nowlin’s name was included only on that document.

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Montezuma commissioners declare county a gun sanctuary

Montezuma County Commissioners Larry Don Suckla, right, Keenan Ertel and Jim Candelaria listen to public comment Thursday night about gun control.
A boy wears a “Make America Great Again” hat during a public hearing Thursday on three draft resolutions that could make Montezuma County exempt from a proposed state law.
As more than 150 people packed in the Montezuma County commissioners’ chamber Thursday night for a public hearing about gun control, 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 about gun control.
People react to a speaker who supported stronger gun control at a Montezuma County public hearing 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 Thursday night.
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