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New Mexico County Declares Itself “2nd Amendment Sanctuary State”

Quay County in eastern New Mexico has declared itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County” in protest of pending gun control legislation in the state.

The Quay County Commission voted unanimously to pass the resolution, as reported by Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV.

Curry and Union Counties passed similar situations earlier this week and Eddy County Commissioners are slated to vote on their version next Tuesday.

The state’s House Republicans commended the move in a statement, saying they are proud of Quay County (pop. 10k), for standing up for the rights of New Mexicans. Republican lawmakers represent the minority in both the state’s House and Senate.

The pending gun control legislation includes House Bill 8, which would expand background checks to gun sales between private citizens, the station reported. Licensed gun dealers are already required to conduct background checks by state law.

The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association has been vocal against the gun bills, including one that would require background checks on all gun sales. The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association called the laws unenforceable, saying they would punish law-abiding citizens, according to the station

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