Taos Dems grill sheriff over "Second Amendment sanctuary" resolution

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 2/18/19

Taos County Democrats hosted a discussion with Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe Monday (Feb. 18) to discuss Hogrefe’s plan to bring a firearm sanctuary resolution before the County commission. …

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Taos Dems grill sheriff over "Second Amendment sanctuary" resolution

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Taos County Democrats hosted a talk with Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe Monday (Feb. 18) to discuss Hogrefe’s plan to bring a firearm sanctuary resolution before the county commission.

Nearly 50 people packed into the Taos Democratic Party headquarters to hear the sheriff discuss his plans and hopes for a resolution similar to that already adopted by at least three New Mexico counties . The resolution would make Taos a “second amendment sanctuary county” and guarantee citizens their second amendment rights. The initial announcement caused several at the meeting to immediately question Hogrefe’s intentions and demand an explanation.

“It’s important for us to hear from Jerry,” said Taos County Democrat chair Darien Fernandez. “I also think its important for Jerry to listen to your concerns.”

Fernandez opened the event as Hogrefe discussed his plan to read a drafted resolution to the Taos County commission during their regular Tuesday (Feb. 19) meeting. Initially, Hogrefe had the intention to read the resolution, stating his position on various bills related to firearms, to the commission. After several minutes of discussion, Hogrefe asked the crowd for help with the resolution to better reflect the needs and wants of the county.

The debate over several firearms bills in the State legislature drew some responses from the crowd as Hogrefe gave his input on such bills as HB 83 and the possibility of weapon seizure without due process.

“On my oath, I will enforce all laws,” Hogrefe told the crowd.

The resolution also drew criticism from the crowd for its wording, giving the sheriff nearly supreme authority to decide what laws could be enforced.

“It is your job to uphold the laws,” one crowd member said.

Hogrefe told the audience that the draft resolution was to be refined before passage.

“This is what I want (the commission) to look at as a template,” Hogrefe said.

Hogrefe repeated his intentions to present the resolution to the commission at 9 a.m. at the County Commission Chambers and asked for assistance in drafting a more complete and permanent document based on supporting enforceable firearms laws.

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