Pugliese puts gun resolution before fellow Mesa commissioners
Mesa County commissioners aren’t waiting for federal orders that could infringe on citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms to come down from on high. A resolution that they appear poised to pass on Monday is a proactive step to head off that situation at the pass, Commissioner Rose Pugliese said.
The proposed resolution — initially introduced by Pugliese, who along with Commissioner John Justman joined the board in January — aims to “preserve and defend the Second Amendment” of the U.S. Constitution.
It will be discussed, and considered by the board for approval, at its regular Monday meeting, which begins at 9:05 a.m. in the public hearing room of the county courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.
“The County of Mesa, Colorado will not enforce any unlawful and unconstitutional statutes, executive orders or other regulations and proclamations which conflict (with) … the right of an individual to keep and bear arms,” the resolution reads.
Pugliese said she thought the resolution was necessary based on the level of political posturing that has escalated in the wake of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
“The president has said, ‘If I can’t do it in Congress, then I’ll do it myself,’” Pugliese paraphrased. “That just doesn’t bode well for most of us.”
“This is kind of our way of supporting our constituents who feel the same,” she said. “We think that it’s really important that we’re able to exercise our rights guaranteed by the Constitution, without ridiculously restrictive barriers.”
She also pointed to potential legislation that could hit closer to home. State Democrats recently released a series of possible bills that could come up in an upcoming legislative session.
Some of those measures include a high-capacity magazine ban, background checks for all Colorado gun buyers, expanded liability for gun makers and increased notifications of mental health issues before gun purchases.
Pugliese — herself a concealed-carry permit holder — said she’s had a big response to the possible resolution since announcing that it will be on the board’s agenda Monday.
“It makes me think that we’re probably going to pack the hearing room,” she said.