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.
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.
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