A number of cities across the country have passed “2nd Amendment Sanctuary” ordinances or resolutions.
As the debate over the 2nd Amendment continues to be a hot button topic, many cities and counties wanted to reiterate their support for it. This led to a nationwide movement to support ordinances or resolutions in places like North Carolina, Virginia, Oregon, Washington, and other states to counter gun control efforts.
Idaho has not seen a movement to pass such ordinances or resolutions, until last night.
Star passed a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary resolution last night with a unanimous vote of 4-0 on a resolution submitted by City Councilmember Keyes.
We reached out to Mayor Trevor Chadwick about the resolution.
One of our main questions was what prompted their decision to pass a resolution in the first place. The mayor responded by saying,
In our current environment with the continued attempts of eroding our constitution, we felt it was important as a City that we take a stand to show our support and protection of the second amendment, our Constitution and our Police organizations.
We also asked the mayor if he had any opposition to the resolution. He told Idaho Dispatch,
Very few people oppose this, I would say over 95% of in our community support this.
Finally, we asked the mayor why he felt the city needed to pass the resolution.
Here is what the mayor told us,
There are some that asked the same question as you about the need based on Idaho’s stance. But again, at the ground roots level (City), it is important for the Cities to get on board and take a stand.
Erik Berg, Chairman of the Ada County Democrats sent a statement to Idaho Dispatch about the resolution.
In my capacity as chair, I’d just say that it will be the courts that functionally decide which laws are unconstitutional or not. Municipal government isn’t given that right constitutionally either by the state or federally. In reflection of that, I take this as a messaging document more than law (which it being a resolution shows). I concern myself more so with ordinances, laws, code, etc that make the greatest tangible and concrete difference for individuals in all our communities including Star. In these times where so many in our community face immense challenges, I think our energy is best spent on concrete ways to make things better for people.
The city did a post on Facebook about the resolution. While most of the comments were supportive, one commenter seemed opposed to the measure.
Here is a screenshot of that comment.
Seth Rosquist, Chairman of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance disagreed with the resolution not being necessary and told Idaho Dispatch,
It is great to see local communities taking a stand for the 2nd Amendment. Idaho is changing and we’ll need mayors and county commissioners to step up their game to defend our gun rights.
What do you think of the resolution?
Do you believe it was a waste of time or do you think more Idaho municipalities need to pass resolutions like this?
Let us know in the comments below.
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