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.

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(14) comments

des21

This Republican will be voting for anyone not named Kirby in the primary and probably Jane in the general election. Unless she shoots "a man in Reno, just to watch him die" she should win in a landslide. (with apologies to Johnny Cash.)

DeltaOne

I will NOT be voting for any candidate that is pro-gun.

public-redux

"... the purpose of the resolution would be to let Second Amendment supporters know where he stood."

How about a press release instead? Oh, yeah, less opportunity for grandstanding.

matts853

Dirty Kirby does like to shoot off at the mouth.

stillamazed

I'm in favor of gun rights but Kirby shoots off his mouth before thinking. Can you imagine him with a gun.

matts853

Today, at least 8 more kids in Texas went to school this morning but will never return home.

Sad.

matts853

Kirby is a confused, angry person. I can't imagine any scenario in which Frederick County could be collectively dumb enough to elect him as CE. But stranger things have happened.

KellyAlzan

In dunno. We got an idiot for sheriff.

Jleftwich

This nonsense from Kirby shouldn’t even be dignified with a response. But, his opponents have to because he got press, even if it was for something ridiculous.

mdcommuter

Look no further than how Kathy voted on the poorly written bump stock and red flag bills in the Maryland Legislature and you will truly see how she feels about 2A issues.

butterflygirl

You have a problem with the red flag bill? If you are taking KD’s take on the bill, maybe you need to read it for yourself.

hayduke2

Kirby once again demonstrates why he shouldn't be involved in local government. The man is unqualified.

DickD


Why in the world does Kirby feel bump stocks are necessary to preserve the 2nd Amendment? Why does Kirby feel that Frederick County is a sanctuary county.

Kirby is a nut!

Regina says it the best, what Kirby is proposing is not a County issue and he couldn't do anything about them, so why elect a far right winger that does not want reasonable restrictions on firearms and doesn't trust his buddy, Sheriff Jenkins who has one of the toughest 287 (g) restrictions on immigration in the country.

Kirby is a nut!

Titanman123

I guess Kirby also believes paying taxes is s violation of his constitutional rights!

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