TAOS — In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Taos County Commission passed a resolution opposing firearms legislation that some believe would violate residents’ constitutional rights and unfairly target law-abiding gun owners.
The move made Taos County the 26th out of 33 counties in the state to adopt the so-called Second Amendment sanctuary resolution.
Following more than an hour of sometimes contentious public comments on both sides of the issue, Commissioners Jim Fambro and Gabriel Romero and Chairman Mark Gallegos voted in favor of the measure, while Vice Chairwoman Candyce O’Donnell and Commissioner Tom Blankehorn voted in opposition.
The resolution was first proposed at a Feb. 19 meeting by Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, who modeled it after a similar resolution passed in Curry County.
The resolution argues that certain bills being considered by the New Mexico Legislature — in particular, measures that would widen background check requirements for gun buyers — would do little to quell gun violence.
One such measures, Senate Bill 8, is set to reach Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk for her signature later this week.
Hogrefe said his office will abide by and enforce all state laws that result from this year’s legislative session.
“It’s an expression,” he said of the resolution.
This story first appeared on the website of The Taos News, a sister publication of the Santa Fe New Mexican.