Officials in an Old West desert town in California are about to declare their city a sanctuary for second amendment advocates.
The City of Needles sits along the Colorado River and old Route 66 near the borders of Arizona and Nevada. An ordinance going before city council Tuesday night would shield gun owners from those states from California's new anti-gun laws, which officials claim is driving away what little tourism it brings in.
“We're asking that the sheriff provide his officers with discretion on enforcing concealed carry, and for the state of California to create reciprocity with Arizona and Nevada,” says Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.
Daniels says they also want to be excluded from California's new law requiring background checks on ammunition.
“The closest gun shop will now be 140 miles away as opposed to three miles away,” he says. “We think that's an infringement upon the peoples' right to keep and bear arms.”
They're hoping the sanctuary declaration at least gets the attention of lawmakers.
“All we're talking about is recognizing the concealed weapons permits issued by those two states, because they recognize ours.”