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California Desert City aims to be a sanctuary & # 39; for gun owners



An old west desert town in California has declared itself a "sanctuary" for law-abiding pistol owners.

Needles is a town of about 5,000 bordering Arizona and a few miles from the southern tip of Nevada. Last month, the City Council voted unanimously to declare a "2nd Amendment Sanctuary City", for people who feel California's strict arms laws come into their constitutional right to bear arms.

  A sign adorns a historic wagon along old Route 66 in Needles, California. (Associated Press)

A sign adorns a historic wagon along ancient Route 66 in Needles, California.

Needles' lawyer has been directed to draft a decision asking the state legislature to allow gun owners from other states to carry firearms in the city. But Council Minister Tim Terral, who sponsored the measure, admitted that the request is a long shot in California's democratic government.

"They will choose and choose what they follow," Terral said about California's sanctuary status for illegal immigrants. "It's" We need to protect this person, but we want to go after that person. "And in our opinion, they have in many ways violated the second change of constitution."

"They will choose and choose what they follow. It is & # 39; we must protect this person, but we will go after that person. & # 39; And in our opinion, they have in many ways violated the second change of the Constitution. "

– Tim Terral, Needles Councilor

Terral and other city officials said that the measure has less to do with making the city a wild town and more about securing foreign nationals with legally registered weapons outside California, does not face a crime arrest.

"We've got it to happen," said city chief Rick Daniels. "Not a lot. Not a lot. But occasionally, there are." A state law that came into force on Monday mandates that gun owners undergo a background check to purchase ammunition and forbids people from bringing ammunition to California from other states.

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Most Needles residents buy their ammunition in neighboring Arizona, because the nearest California stores are more than 100 miles away. City leaders want residents to be able to continue buying in neighboring countries.

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That and a request that California recognizes hidden carry permits from other states will be spelled out in another decision the city council is considering 9. July.


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