UPDATED: Kingman gun rally planned; sheriff takes stance on gun laws
Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan
1/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
UPDATE:Sheriff Tom Sheahan today clarified his stance on enforcing any new gun laws that might be enacted in the wake of the Dec. 14 Newtown, Conn., mass shooing.
In Wednesday's edition, Mojave County Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter, on behalf of Sheahan, said the sheriff would enforce all laws.
That isn't necessarily the case.
"If I feel a law is unconstitutional, I probably wouldn't enforce it," said Sheahan.
Specifically, the sheriff said he would not enforce any proposed law calling for the confiscation of weapons such as the AR-15 that are already legally owned by Mohave County residents.
"I would never disarm a law-abiding citizen," he said.
To date, the issue of confiscating weapons has not been discussed in Washington, D.C.
Read more on Sheahan's stance in Thursday's edition of the Kingman Daily Miner.
Proponents of gun rights are invited to participate in a "spontaneous peaceful assembly" at noon Friday in front of the Mohave County Sheriff's office.
Local activist Luca Zanna took pains to suggest the event is not sponsored by any group in an interview on Monday.
"This is completely unorganized," he said. "I'm just one voice of many. Me, as an American citizen, I want to stand up for human rights, our inalienable rights and, if you believe in God, our God-given rights not to give up our guns in the face of hysteria in Washington, D.C."
Zanna said his goal for the gathering is two-fold. "Law-abiding citizens want to remind politicians in D.C. and all their bureaucrats we will not comply with unconstitutional laws," he said.
"Number two, we want to let our sheriff know we support him for saying he will not enforce an assault weapons ban in Mohave County. It's my duty to support the sheriff if the sheriff defends our Bill of Rights."
Last week, Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan told the Kingman Daily Miner that he didn't support a ban on assault weapons or restrictions on ammunition.
For Zanna, any restrictions on gun ownership would be wrong, even if the goal were to keep high-powered rifles out of the hands of the mentally ill.
He said he believes requiring Americans to register their guns with law enforcement would be the first step in turning the country into a fascist nation.
"First comes registration and then comes confiscation," he predicted. "This is my line in the sand."
Zanna said he has no idea what kind of turnout he'll have on Friday, but he encourages anyone and everyone who shares his views to join him.
"Everybody is welcome," he said. "I encourage them to open carry to this peaceful assembly."