New Mexico County Declares Itself ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ Defying Left-Wing State


Officials in a New Mexico county have declared itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” to protest against the left-wing state government’s attack on gun rights.

According to the officials of Quay County, New Mexico, state legislators in Santa Fe are floating several extreme gun laws that will be a burden on legal gun owners but will do little to stop crime.

As The Blaze explains:

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One of the laws in question, HB 8 would require background checks for gun purchases even between private citizens, which the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association called an unenforceable law.

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The other law, HB 83, would create an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” that would authorize the seizure of guns and ammo from people who are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.

As state legislators debated the bills, officials in Quay County passed a resolution of their own to denounce the bills.

State Republicans quickly came to support the Quay declaration.

“We see counties starting to fight back against the over-reach of House Democrats,” state Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) said. “New Mexicans who are not even accused of a crime can lose their 2nd Amendment rights under this bill and that’s beyond wrong.”

Naturally the National Rifle Association also came out against the Democrat proposals.

“Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner before a judge, alleging that someone is a danger to themselves or others in an ex parte proceeding — prior to any formal court hearing at which the respondent can be represented by counsel and present counter evidence — would be sufficient for law enforcement to enter that person’s home and confiscate their private property,” the NRA said.

New Mexico is not the first state where county officials rose to fight against the anti-Second Amendment actions of a state government.

About a quarter of the counties in Illinois have moved to protest the extreme anti-Second Amendment laws coming out of the state’s capital in Springfield.

Twenty-six of the state’s 102 counties passed their own resolutions declaring themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries.

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