El Paso County declares itself a "2nd amendment preservation county"

Published: Mar. 12, 2019 at 6:01 PM MDT
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El Paso County commissioners unanimously voted to denounce the so called "red flag bill" Tuesday morning.

So far the proposal has passed the state house, and would need to pass the senate and be signed by the Gov. Pollis before becoming a law in 2020.

It would allow law enforcement to take guns away from people considered a threat to themselves or others.

At least six counties have declared themselves sanctuary counties, but what El Paso just voted on is different.

The county passed what's called a "2nd amendment preservation resolution".

That does not make El Paso a sanctuary county.

The difference falls on if a county will follow the law if it passes or not. El Paso will follow the rules even if it's commissioners have publicly said they don't like them, but they will fight it in court, instead of ignoring it.

Sheriff Bill Elder has publicly opposed the bill, and says he and county commissioners plan to obtain an injunction based on their belief that there are violations to the u.s. constitution should the bill pass.

But not everyone at the vote today was against the bill.

Julie Carr, a volunteer with "Mom's Demand Action for Gun Violence in America" says any effort to stop the bill is going against the will of the people who elected the people who put the bill into motion.

"I'm concerned that our county is trying to impede the opportunity to save lives," Carr stated when asked how she felt about the commissioners vote.

In that same vain, county commissioners said lawmakers need to listen to counties like El Paso, who are standing up for their citizens in opposition to the bill.

County Commissioner Chairman Mark Waller says legislators could see some real issues if they ignore the growing number of counties standing against the bill.

"I think the recall of Leroy Garcia, the senate president."