City Council in Commerce City approves resolution as Second Amendment sanctuary city

The City Council of Commerce City on Monday night passed a resolution in support of Second Amendment rights, declaring itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city and becoming yet another challenger, at least symbolically, to Colorado’s red-flag law.

Ivan Rodriguez, Denver7 via TwitterCitizens and the Commerce City Council discuss a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution on Monday, June 3, 2019, in Commerce City.

“The City Council hereby declares its support for the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, the lawful exercise of the right to keep and bear arms by its residents, and safe and responsible legal gun ownership and use,” resolution NO. 2019-55 stated. “Therefore, the City Council declares Commerce City to be a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary.’ ”

Just before 11 p.m., the City Council voted in favor of the resolution: Five voted yes, two voted against and two abstained.

About a dozen people, mostly Commerce City residents, addressed the council before the vote. A majority asked the council to vote in favor of passing the resolution.

In general, people asking to have the resolution passed said that the red-flag bill will violate Second Amendment constitutional rights. Search and seizure protections, as well as due process protections, will also be violated, they argued. They see the resolution as a bridge to eventually overturning the controversial red-flag bill.

Some who asked the council to vote down the resolution recalled multiple mass shootings in Colorado, and around the country, expressing a desire to stop gun violence. One woman asked for a “no” vote, however, because she believes that the resolution wasn’t strong enough and that if passed it would limit Commerce City’s ability to protect itself.

Mayor Sean Ford, just before casting a vote in favor, told the council: “I don’t want anyone to infringe on my rights, or the rights of residents, to protect ourselves.”

On May 2, the conservative firearms group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court challenging Colorado’s red-flag law. The lawsuit did not challenge the bill’s constitutionality, but rather the manner in which it passed the Colorado House. At the time, however, gun rights supporters said future lawsuits may challenge the bill itself.

The Commerce City resolution calls for “immediate action to provide systemic and fundamental change in the provision of mental health care services” in Colorado and throughout the country.