Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Arizona voted to pass the largely symbolic resolution to protect the right to bear arms against policies perceived as unconstitutional.
Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and about 4.4 million residents, followed La Paz, Yavapai and Mohave counties, which have already declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries,” FOX10 Phoenix reported. Others include counties and cities in Illinois, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida and Virginia.
However, Maricopa County chose not to use the term “Sanctuary County,” with Chairman Clint Hickman telling the Arizona Republic that “Preservation County” was a “better fit.”
“I didn’t like that term,” he said of the word “sanctuary,” before adding, “Words mean things.”
These resolutions typically include two provisions, one which promises to uphold the Second Amendment and another that pledges not to use government funding for future gun-control laws.
The resolution in Maricopa County passed with just the provision to protect the Second Amendment, choosing to drop the stipulation that government funds would not be used to infringe on gun rights.