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Commissioner wants to change Second Amendment support from resolution to proclamation

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

One commissioner sought Tuesday to change a proposed resolution calling for Sedgwick County to support the Second Amendment from a resolution to a proclamation.

“We don’t need to pass laws on top of laws,” Commissioner Dave Unruh said during the weekly meeting with county staff.

Commissioner Richard Ranzau has placed a resolution on the commission’s agenda for Wednesday that calls for the county’s support of the Second Amendment.

A resolution is binding because it’s the county’s form for creating law, Deputy County Counselor Jennifer Magana said. The Eagle previously reported that the resolution wouldn’t be binding.

A proclamation, however, is not binding.

“It’s just a statement reflecting the intent,” Magana said.

Ranzau’s proposed resolution calls for the preservation of an individual’s right to keep and bear arms and requires the county not to enforce any international, federal, state or local law that takes away that right.

“My mind is in a wrestling match in seeing the need for this,” Unruh said. “As a commissioner I put my hand on the Bible and swore I’d support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Kansas.

“I’d like to do a proclamation saying we strongly support the Second Amendment.”

Ranzau cited an anti-gun climate in the nation that could lead to gun rights being taken away from individuals.

He argued that the federal government could pass laws that go against the U.S. Constitution, laws the county would need to be protected from.

“This is a line in the sand we must not cross,” Ranzau said. “My intent is to follow the constitution.”

In response to a question from the commissioners, Magana said the proposed resolution was legal.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to require state and local authorities to enforce federal law, she said.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com.

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