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Taos County commissioners repeal gun control resolution

March 22, 2019

TAOS — The Taos County Commission earlier this week repealed a resolution expressing opposition to gun bills proposed during the legislative session that ended Saturday, including a measure calling for expanded background checks for firearms purchases that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has already signed into law.

In place of the gun-rights measure — which was similar to so-called Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions adopted in a couple of dozen counties across New Mexico — Taos County commissioners passed a new resolution saying the county will protect “the rights of citizens under the Second Amendment while also protecting the rights of citizens to be protected from Senseless firearm related deaths that happen all too frequently in our Country.”

The new measure was proposed by Commissioner Gabriel Romero, who had voted in favor of the prior resolution but later reversed his position.

“Never in the last 16 years have I felt like I made the wrong decision until a couple weeks ago, when we voted on the first resolution,” Romero said.

Taos County residents had attended commission meetings to voice their support for the gun-rights resolution. At a meeting Tuesday, however, several people showed up to urge commissioners to repeal it.

Commissioner Jim Fambro and Gallegos said they had received numerous threats via email from county residents who were angered about the firearms sanctuary measure.

More than one person told Frambo he would be among those responsible for loss of life if a school shooting ever happened in Taos County, the commissioner told the crowd at the meeting.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, who had proposed the original measure, was dismayed by the board’s decision, but said the new resolution was not a complete reversal of his proposal.

“The New Mexico Sheriffs Association as well as other law enforcement and public safety-driven organizations will continue to voice our concerns against feel-good laws that do nothing to protect us from criminals, softer penalties, infringement on due process,” Hogrefe said. “And I’ll continue supporting everyone’s constitutional rights on my oath.”

This story first appeared on the website of The Taos News, a sister publication of the Santa Fe New Mexican.