Wyoming County, NY passes reconfirmation resolution with no teeth

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By: David Tripp
8 Jan 2019

After reading the full resolution approximately five times, I figured out how much a county will skirt the edge just to give the appearance of “doing” something. Restating the obvious, calling out the current status in the legislature, a good pound on the desk shouting “I oppose, strongly”. Yet, putting no teeth in the document. Not once does it state that it will not use county property, not use county facilities, or… not use county personnel.

Meaning: We do not like the unconstitutional laws, but if they come to enforce them, we will use our resources to support them.

There is nothing in Resolution No. 19-021 that protects the citizens of its county or discourages legislatures from passing unconstitutional laws. To be frank it is less than the bare minimum at best. Based on the minutes from the county commissioners meeting, it stands to reason they used Mohave Arizona’s resolution as a model. But in Wyoming New York’s version they totally removed this key last section.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this board will not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purpose of enforcing laws that unconstitutionally infringe on the people’s right to bear arms

The removal of this section defangs the resolution, and turns it into nothing but a piece of paper. I can applaud them for being the first in the state to ‘attempt’ something. But I cannot shake their hand, give a pat on the back, or tell them kudos because they have totally missed the target.

As long as counties are afraid to stand up for the people who appoint them. Those in the state and federal seats of power will continue to erode the rights of the people and make them beholden to the whims of knee-jerk reactions and fear.

Verification Citation/Source: Wyoming County Board of Supervisors
Resolution date passed: 8 Jan 2019