With the gun control debate currently at the forefront of national politics, and with the recent attempts by the federal government to push stricter gun laws and gun regulation on American citizens, city governments in Texas and other states have passed similar or identical resolutions opposing expanded federal gun control measures.
“It started in the City of Gonzalez,” said City Attorney Acie McAda about the pro-Second Amendment resolution. “They passed a resolution opposing governmental attempts to regulate the Second Amendment right. It had been going around from city to city. We’re passing a resolution that supports the Second Amendment and opposes any regulation that goes against the Second Amendment.”
The resolution is meant to be a united statement that expounds and explains the city’s position of peaceful opposition to federal anti-gun and ammunition measures.
Section Two of the resolution states that, “All federal acts, laws, executive orders, agency orders, and rules or regulations of all kinds with purpose, intent, or effect of confiscating any firearm, banning any firearm, limiting the size of a magazine for any firearm, imposing the limit on the ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, taxing any firearm or ammunition therefore, or requiring the registration of any firearm or ammunition therefore, infringes upon Texans’ right to keep and bear arms in direct violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and therefore, any such law is not made in pursuance of the Constitution, is not authorized by the Constitution, and thus, is not the supreme law of the land, and consequently, is valid in the State of Texas and shall further be considered null and void and of no effect in this City.”
Mayor Brent Houdmann signed the resolution and copies of the resolution will be immediately transmitted to the highest levels of both state and federal government, including President Obama.
“Even though we’re just the City of Falls City, we believe we have a right to control what we do,” said Houdmann. “We should not let the federal government say that we don’t have the right to bear arms when it was a right given to us as being American citizens. I think that’s our right and I don’t think the federal government needs to be getting involved in what we can and cannot do.”
In other matters, the council:
• Heard a presentation by Wayne Beyer, CPA regarding the 2011-2012 city audit. The city received a good and clean audit, and Beyer commended the city for its status and standing in various financial matters and accountability.
• Discussed the future possibility of a city marshal or other type of law enforcement individual for the city.
• Approved Abby Fenner as city clerk.