Commissioners Looking To Send Message On Second Amendment

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Sedgwick County Commission may pass a resolution to further support the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to keep and bear arms.

"There is a debate going on nationally about this and there are different views on both sides of the issue. I think it's important for us to stand up for the rights of our citizens and the right to keep and bear arms," said Commissioner Richard Ranzau.

Ranzau is presenting a resolution at tomorrow's county meeting. The resolution would be a legislative record that would be legally binding, much like a county law.

"I believe it's appropriate to send the strongest message possible, that we here in Sedgwick County, do support the individual right to keep and bear arms," said Ranzau.

Although commissioners have sworn to uphold the Constitution, Ranzau feels that it is not enough. Commissioner Dave Unruh did not think adding an additional law was necessary.

"I'm in favor of things that are rational, that are practical, that make sense. I'm not in favor of just passing county law stacked on other law that does not seem to accomplish anything," said Unruh.

The commissioners will vote on Tuesday on whether or not to approve the resolution.

If it fails, Ranzau plans to propose a proclamation that is not legally binding but would serve a similar purpose showing support of the Second Amendment.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 13 proclamations and 45 resolutions passed by the Commissioners.

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