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Supes show support for Second Amendment
|Lassen County's Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution supporting the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution at its Tuesday, April 9 meeting. The right to keep and bear arms in the Second Amendment has been the law of the land in America for more than 200 years.Photo by Linton Weeks|
April 18, 2013 — Lassen County's Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Second Amendment and the people's right to keep and bear arms at its Tuesday, April 9 meeting, but the original wording of the resolution drew some sharp criticism from a Westwood couple.
Eileen Spencer presented a letter to the board questioning the resolution's language that the board “cannot abide by any order, provision law or agency initiative that violates the protections of the Second Amendment.”
According to Spencer's letter, “There is a fine line between tyranny and treason. This is a very dangerous resolution to even create, let alone put your names to it … You have taken an oath of office to uphold the laws of the land. If you pass this resolution, all of you are committing a felony punishable by imprisonment of 16 months to three years in the county jail. If federal laws ban the future sale of high capacity magazine or ban assault rifles, this resolution would violate the law.”
At several points in her letter Spencer noted previous gun safety legislation that did not result in calls for the overthrow of the government or insurrection.
District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson put the resolution on the agenda, and said the wording came from a resolution written by the Siskiyou County Sheriff. According to the staff report, “The proposed resolution has been vetted with the sheriff who has no objection to its adoption. If adopted, the resolution would be sent to our U.S. senators and congressmen.”
Despite the objections from the Spencers, District 4 Supervisor Aaron Albaugh and District 3 Supervisor Larry Wosick both said they liked the resolution and its intent to uphold the Constitution and the Second Amendment.
Wosick even said as far as he was concerned regarding the people's right to keep and bear arms, “The bigger the better, the more bullets the better.”
District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle said he strongly supports the Constitution and the Second Amendment as it is today, and that's the intent of the resolution.
District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman said he found the Spencers' comments “astounding” and disagreed with their assertion the language of this resolution could be “flipped” around to suggest the board supported insurrection should the state or federal government pass gun safety regulations.
“And we're not going to jail for advocating the support of the Second Amendment,” Chapman said.
Chapman also expressed his displeasure with the resolution written by the Siskiyou County Sheriff and offered some revisions.
While the resolution stated, “the residents of this county respect the rights protected by the Second Amendment,” he said not all of his constituents would agree with that statement. He suggested the addition of the words “most of” to the beginning of that phrase.
He also suggested the language of the resolution be changed to read, “ … the board of supervisors of the county of Lassen supports all discussions seeking new ideas to protect our citizens from violence without violating the protections of the Second Amendment.”
Chapman also noted some of the federal gun safety regulations currently under consideration such as universal background checks and limits on the number of rounds a magazine can hold are already the law in the state of California.
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