The Delta Board of County Commissioners has taken an official position in the national debate concerning firearms ownership.
At a recent bi-monthly meeting, the commissioners unanimously adopted a proclamation that places the debate in its constitutional context with the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights.
"The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed," the commissioners proclaimed.
The document goes on to conclude, "Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of County Commissioners of Delta County, in full cooperation and coordination with the Delta County Sheriff, will preserve and defend the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States."
County Sheriff Fred McKee was present for the proclamation's adoption.
The BoCC's action comes as new proposals for legislative restrictions on firearms ownership dominate headlines in the national and state media. Those media accounts have focused almost exclusively on issues of guns, assault weapons, and on the criminal acts of deranged individuals who use firearms to maim and kill.
But underlying shrill assertions of firearms opponents is the heart of the American republic and its individual freedoms: the Bill of Rights.
"The Board of County Commissioners of Delta County were sworn to uphold the Constitution," states the BoCC's proclamation.
The Delta County Commissioners statement on Second Amendment rights follows similar initiatives taken recently by boards of commissioners in neighboring counties, notably Mesa and Montrose.blog comments powered by Disqus