Needles is officially a Second Amendment Sanctuary City, and Mohave County is looking to show their full support with a resolution.
Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius, District 2, submitted a request for board action backing the city of Needles in their declaration as a Second Amendment Sanctuary City, and “their efforts to support the San Bernardino County Sheriff in the exercise of sound discretion to not enforce against any person an unconstitutional firearms and ammunitions law within the city limits,” according to the resolution.
“Needles is growing. It’s going to be the pot capital of California, but as they try to get businesses to come, one of the problems is we’re an open-carry,” Angius said. “If you have a gun in your car and you’re stopped in Needles, you’re in big trouble. So people avoid Needles.”
Instead, people find alternate routes around the city, such as cutting through Golden Shores, she said.
“Needles has to show that people go through it. Plus, they’re more in common with us than they are with California, so I thought that that was pretty bold,” Angius said.
Angius spoke at the Needles City Council meeting when the declaration was being discussed to show her full support.
On Monday, Angius will present the resolution to the Board of Supervisors for a vote. She also wants to send the resolution to Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and Kingman for their review and consideration of support as well.
Angius hopes that cities throughout the county will “show our neighbor that we support their endeavors to follow the Constitution.”
Needles Mayor Jeff Williams said the community response to the declaration has been mostly positive.
“California doesn’t really think or worry about the outlying cities,” Williams said, which causes some issues for communities like Needles.
Williams said that the city has the support of California Assemblyman Jay Obernolte and California Sen. Shannon Grove so far. Their next step is writing up the legislation with their assistance.
“California needs to stop passing laws that take away our rights,” Williams said, “but I’m not holding my breath.”