By Mark Waite
TONOPAH — Nye County Commissioners Wednesday set a public hearing for their next Pahrump meeting April 16 on a Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance.
Commissioner Frank Carbone wanted the hearing postponed from the April 2 Tonopah meeting in anticipation of a large audience.
Some local governments have passed resolutions opposing gun control after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December that killed 20 children and six adults.
A similar county resolution on gun rights was pulled from the agenda. County Commission Chairman Butch Borasky, who requested the resolution, wanted more time to work on the language.
The ordinance refers to the Second Amendment, which states “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
The county ordinance adds, “all federal acts, laws, order, rules or regulations regarding firearms are a violation of the Second Amendment.”
The ordinance includes two more paragraphs:
“The Nye County Board of Commissioners declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations — past, present or future — in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers and are hereby declared to be invalid in this county, shall not be recognized by the county, are specifically rejected by this county and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this county.”
“It shall be the duty of the sheriff of this county to take all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
Former Pahrump Town Board member Frank Maurizio said he approached Commissioner Donna Cox with the agenda item four to five weeks ago.
“With the federal government involved in our every aspect of daily life I felt it was the appropriate time to take a stance against losing our rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution,” Maurizio told commissioners.
He said if Americans lose their Second Amendment rights they risk losing their First Amendment rights.