A county executive candidate simultaneously took aim at gun restrictions and so-called “sanctuary counties.”
Perhaps a sign that campaign season is in full swing, County Councilman Kirby Delauter on Wednesday announced his position on the hot-button issues by saying he would submit a proposed resolution to make Frederick County a “sanctuary county” for gun owners.
His choice of words made reference to the term used for jurisdictions that, at varying levels, limit their cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“We’re seeing sanctuary cities and counties pop up all over the state to protect illegal immigrants from perfectly constitutional laws. This resolution simply designates the same status for lawful gun owners having their rights trampled on by unconstitutional laws passed in Annapolis,” Delauter wrote in a statement.
He said in a phone interview that the purpose of the resolution would be to let Second Amendment supporters know where he stood.
He cited two laws passed in the last General Assembly session as evidence that gun rights were under attack: the bump-stock ban and the “red flag” bill.
While lawmakers who supported banning bump stocks said it was an important measure to make sure that people didn’t skirt the state’s automatic weapons ban, Delauter feared that it would turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals.
He also criticized House Bill 1302, a so-called red-flag bill that would allow “extreme risk protection orders” to temporarily remove guns from people exhibiting dangerous behaviors. The bill enables judges to order people to temporarily give up their firearms if they are found to pose an immediate threat.
Although he said he believed there were enough laws on the books to protect people if someone in their home was deemed to be a threat, he could not think of another that allowed weapons to be removed before a conviction.
While both of the other Republican primary candidates expressed their support for the Second Amendment, but said their focus would be different.
Delegate Kathy Afzali (R-District 4) wrote in an email: “I support the Constitution and all of its amendments, that includes the Second Amendment. Frederick County is already prohibited from taking actions that violate the U.S. Constitution. It is the great thing about living in America. I will not only uphold the Constitution, but I will clean out the squabbling politicians from County government. County government lets developers rule the roost. Clean house and protect the Constitution. I can do both.”
Regina Williams wrote: “I commend Kirby for his stance on Second Amendment issues. While I am a supporter myself of 2A, as County Executive, I plan to focus on issues within the County’s purview including County taxes, permitting processes, school safety and the heroin/opioid epidemic. Perhaps Kirby would be better suited for a state or federal elected position where he would have jurisdiction over his political priorities.”
Appointments confirmed: The County Council on Tuesday confirmed several of County Executive Gardner’s appointments and reappointments to various boards and commissions.
- Ethics Commission: M. Shane Canfield, Deborah Lundahl and Deidre Davidson were serve new terms from July 1 to June 30, 2021. Douglas Jones would fill an unexpired term ending June 30, 2019.
- Adult Public Guardianship Review Board: Geoffrey Littrell and Marcy Gouge were reappointed to new terms from July 1 to June 30, 2021. Tanya Shoemaker was appointed to a term from July 1 to June 30, 2021.
- Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee: Dr. J. Craig Reed was reappointed to a new term from July 1 to June 30, 2021. Sandra Wastler was appointed to fill a term through June 30 and then serve a three-year term from July 1 to June 30, 2021.
- Defined Contribution Plans Committee: Susan Keller was reappointed to a term expiring June 30, 2019. Tony Pellegrino was reappointed to a term expiring June 30, 2020. Daniel Lewis was appointed to fill a term through June 30, 2019.
- Human Relations Commission: Francisco Alves and Marguerite Vacca-Kaye were reappointed to new terms from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2021. Blair Pettrey was appointed to fill an unexpired term through June 30, then serve from July 1 to June 30, 2021.
- Insurance Committee: Dan Oldham was reappointed to a new term from July 1 to June 30, 2021. Clarence “Chip” Jewell was appointed to fill an unexpired term through June 30, 2020.
- Roads Board: Barbara Wyatt was appointed to a term from July 1 to June 30, 2023.
- Solid Waste Advisory Committee: Peter Blood was reappointed to a new term from July 1 to June 30, 2021.
- Transportation Services Advisory Council: Neil Fay was reappointed to a new term from July 1 to June 30, 2021. Jamie McKay was appointed to fill a term through June 30, 2020.