While all across America, the mainstream media boasts about leaders of states like California and New York declaring “sanctuary cities” for those not here legally, the tables are being turned.  This should get interesting.

There’s pending legislation in New Mexico such as House Bill 8 that would have a negative impact on gun rights.  Many gun owners are ripping mad about it, but the state legislature is moving forward anyway.

It’s at the point where residents in Quay County, New Mexico have declared that enough is enough. They’ve taken matters into their own hands.

They’ve created a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County” for those who believe in the right to bear arms. And it’s not just the residents.

There was a unanimous vote by the county’s commission in favor of the resolution, which was a direct respond to the attack by the state on gun rights. 

House Republicans in the state issued a statement saying they were proud of the commission’s decision.

The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association also weighed in, attacking the anti-gun laws as “ill-conceived, unenforceable and (said that they) punish law abiding citizens.”

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, wasn’t happy and is doubling down on support of the restrictive gun bill.

“I am proud to support Representatives Daymon Ely and Joy Garratt and the New Mexico State House in passing House Bill 83. We have a responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of New Mexicans, and this important, common sense gun violence prevention measure would undoubtedly save lives,” Grisham said.

“New Mexico leaders have a duty to take action, and I applaud the House for doing so,” Grisham added.

In a response to her comments, the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association released their own statement:

“It violates due process and puts law enforcement in a more dangerous situation and does nothing to protect citizens.”

Quay County only has some 10,000 residents.  But the resolution could have implications that are much further reaching, leading to other counties enacting similar resolutions.

Believe it or not, Quay County isn’t the first to make the move.  As of July 2018, there were 26 such counties in Illinois, according to Belleville News-Democrat… 12 of which had pending votes on the issue.

The battle is heating up nationwide.

Law enforcement officials in 12 counties across Washington are refusing to enforce the state’s new gun legislation until a court decides whether or not the new laws are constitutional.

The stand comes after a public vote swept the state, preventing non-Washington residents from purchasing and owning semi-automatic rifles while also raising the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 with a 10-day waiting period. These new laws came to fruition nearly a year after Nikolas Cruz took the lives of 17 people during his Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland, Florida.

During the induction of this measure, another bill that would make it easier to prosecute police for negligent shootings was also passed. As it now stands, Washington has some of the toughest gun laws in America.

We’ve seen this before… If you haven’t read this one from Sgt. A. Merica, you’ll want to check it out. 

Read: OFFICER ON GUN CONTROL: I WILL NOT COMPLY

And just like that… now it’s real.

Sheriffs in Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Cowlitz, Douglas, Benton, Pacific, Stevens, Yakima, Wahkiakum, Mason and Klickitat as well as a small town named Republic are holding off on enforcing these rules until the public courts make their final decision.

The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation filed lawsuits against the bill, deeming it ‘unconstitutional.’ Their initial lawsuit filed in November stated that the initiative violates the Second and 14th amendments of the Constitution as well as gun sellers’ rights under the Commerce Clause.

Read: Are Gun Sanctuaries the Future? 

When asked why he was choosing to hold on enforcing the new laws, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said, “I swore an oath to defend our citizens and their constitutionally protected rights. I do not believe the popular vote overrules that.”

Within the last year, gun legislation across America has changed vastly. 14 states have now enacted measures that can allow officials to confiscate and hold weapons of those deemed to be ‘unsafe’ with a number of others joining the list of banning high-capacity magazines and adding legal requirements on how citizens must store their guns.

The Lincoln County Sheriff commented that over 75 percent of voters in his county just voted against the initiative and referred to the laws as ‘unenforceable.’

“This measure will have a chilling effect on the exercise of the constitutional rights of honest citizens while having no impact on criminals, and we will not let it go unchallenged,” said Executive Vice President of the Second Amendment Foundation, Alan M. Gottlieb.

The state has asked that the judge throw the case out of court.