Monument, CO Becomes 'Second Amendment Preservation Town'

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new declaration after examining HB19-1177

Published Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:30 pm
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

Welcome sign at Monument, Colorado

On Monday, the town of Monument in El Paso County, Colorado declared itself a "Second Amendment Preservation Town" after the Trustees voted unanimously that House Bill 19-1177 infringes upon the inalienable rights of the citizens by allowing the seizure of guns from people whom a judge declares to be a risk to themselves or others.

The County of El Paso itself did the same on March 12th. This vote assures that no town funds could ever be used to deny a person their Second Amendment rights by the offending law, which is now reported to be heading to the Governor's desk for signing. County Sheriff Bill Elder is threatening to sue the state over its lack of constitutionality.

One part of the declaration demands that,

“The legislature cease and desist any further actions restricting the Second Amendment rights of citizens and instead address the real and fundamental challenges of mental illness in our communities.”

Monument Police Chief Jacob Shirk voiced a serious concern, saying that the department doesn’t have the resources to enforce the law and would put officers at risk if they attempted to take guns from angry citizens.

“I do not want guns in the hands of mentally ill people … but how (the bill) is drafted, I think, is very wrong, and it’s not constitutionally sound.”

Monument now becomes the fifth such municipality in Colorado to declare its own resolution in support of the Second Amendment.