Edgewood approves ‘2nd amendment preservation resolution’ by split decision

With the tie-breaking vote cast by Mayor John Bassett, Edgewood joined the growing number of cities and counties that protest gun control legislation by resolution.

At its March 20 meeting, councilor John Abrams and Linda Holle voted against the resolution that was supported by Audrey Jaramillo and Sherry Abraham.

An estimated 90 people filled council chambers with 15 speaking in favor of the resolution, citing fears of restricted gun access and abridged second amendment rights.

The resolution states, in part, “This Council will not authorize funds, resources … for the purpose of enforcing a law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

Four people spoke against the resolution, including Rep. Matthew McQueen, representing District 50, which includes part of Edgewood.

Rep. Matthew McQueen

McQueen said, “Who decides what’s unconstitutional? If a court has determined the law is unconstitutional, then yes, it’s unenforceable, no one disputes that.”

He continued, “If that’s the case then you probably don’t need a resolution, but if this resolution is suggesting or implying or hinting at the idea that local elected officials or local law enforcement are the ones that decide whether or not something is constitutional, then I think you’re heading down a really dangerous path.”

“If you have an issue with a law, you go to court,” McQueen said. “You do not take the law into your own hands, to enforce or not enforce,” he said, adding, “That’s not how it works.”

Local retired teacher, Evelyn Vinogradov spoke against the resolution and drew sustained heckling. No one speaking in favor of the resolution was heckled. 

3 Comments on "Edgewood approves ‘2nd amendment preservation resolution’ by split decision"

  1. Dear Rep. Matthew McQueen,
    What part of OUR NM State Constitution do you NOT understand?
    Our RIGHTS have been proven to be and have been acknowledged to exist prior to, and in spite of ANY government, and are UNALIENABLE.
    Article II Section 6 CLEARLY states in the New Mexico Constitution; [Right to bear arms.] “NO law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. “NO MUNICIPALITY or COUNTY SHALL REGULATE, “IN ANY WAY”, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.” (As amended November 2, 1971 and November 2, 1986.)
    Kindest Regards,
    Wayne D. Fincke
    Edgewood, NM

  2. It is my duty as a legal resident of NM & as a citizen of the USA to not comply with illegal orders, which is what the anti-gun legislation passed by the NM Legislature amounts to – illegal orders written in violation of both the US Constitution & the NM Constitution. Bravo to the Edgewood Town Council for taking a stand for the people and against the Democrat party tyrants ruling in Santa Fe.

  3. How many school-aged children died from gun violence in 2017? From 1999 to 2017, this country has lost 38,942 children from gun violence. More than the number of active duty military members and police officers who died combined. In America, more kids and teens who were just trying to grow up died from gun violence than law enforcement and military members in the line of duty. If this order is indeed in violation of the NM Constitution (and that’s a huge “if”) – then we need to amend the constitution. I appreciate McQueen, Abrams and Holle voting against this resolution, and applaud the courage of Evelyn Vinogradov for speaking out against it. We MUST find a way to prevent gun violence in this country; our lives and the lives of our children are at stake.

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