WICHITA, Kansas — Sedgwick County Commissioners concerned about the debate in Washington over new gun control narrowly approved a new law reaffirming the county’s support for the Second Amendment.
Similar measures have already passed in Syracuse and Lakin. The resolution was proposed by Commissioner Richard Ranzau and passed as the U.S. Senate debates a bill that could limit magazine size and close some gun show background check loops.
“We have some people that have an agenda and don’t even understand how firearms work,” said Ranzau.”So that makes me skeptical of anything that comes out of that.”
Ranzau was joined by Commissioners Karl Peterjohn and Jim Skelton in approving the new law.
Both Tim Norton and Dave Unruh voted against it.
Unruh said he would have supported a county proclamation reaffirming support for the Second Amendment but felt it was redundant to put a new law on the books.
Especially since commissioners must swear an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution before they take office.
“I put my hand the Bible, and I swore in front of a judge so spiritually and legally it was a serious commitment on my part,” said Unruh. “We need to keep county resolutions for specific, productive, necessary operation and good government in Sedgwick County.”
Unruh suggested during debate over the new law commissioners might as well pass a new resolution every week reaffirming support for laws on the books depending upon the day’s headlines.
Ranzau countered that the current debate in the Senate made it necessary to send a message of support nationally that the 2nd Amendment is very important to citizens of Sedgwick County.
“This is in response to a particular situation and a particular ongoing debate that we find ourselves in,” said Ranzau. “This is not an everyday occurrence.”
In the last week, Governor Sam Brownback has signed two state bills into law that will loosen restrictions on concealed weapons, allow public schools and colleges to arm employees, and declare the federal government has no jurisdiction over sales of firearms manufactured and sold within the state lines.