FLORENCE — Pinal County Supervisor Todd House, R-Apache Junction, who said he’s “a proud owner of numerous guns,” asked the board Wednesday to pass a resolution to preserve Second Amendment rights and reject a “red flag law” in Arizona.
House said Pinal County could use the language in resolutions already passed in Mohave County. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors plans to vote Wednesday on whether to join Mohave County in declaring itself a sanctuary county that stands in support of gun rights.
The Daily Courier reports that the Yavapai County board heard about four hours of pro and con testimony from dozens of people on the proposal in December and January.
Under the Yavapai County measure, the supervisors would vow to defend state and federal constitutional rights, including the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment.
The measure also declares Yavapai County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County” and states that the supervisors won’t spend public money or use other government resources to enforce laws that unconstitutionally infringe on gun rights.
Gov. Doug Ducey has supported legislation that would allow families, law enforcement and educators to seek a court order to temporarily take guns from people who are considered a danger to themselves or others.
House acknowledged that mental illness is a problem in the United States, “but this is not the way.” He said the government is quick to take something away but slow to give it back, and “we need to take a stand.” He said as the state’s third-largest county, Pinal County’s resolution could make a difference in what the Legislature does.
Supervisor Pete Rios, D-Dudleyville, said there are others who support such laws “to keep firearms away from people who are nuts.” He said if the board is going to consider such a resolution, “We need to contact groups that support it and hear from both sides.”
In other business, Pinal County Manager Louis Andersen reported that Pinal County Community Development Director Himanshu Patel was appointed Monday to deputy county manager “with (Assistant County Manager) Leo Lew and I in this building. He’ll be moving in here shortly.”
Andersen continued that James Daniels will start work as the county’s new communications and marketing director on Feb. 10, and Cynthia Perez will begin soon as the county’s risk manager.
Andersen also reported that Pinal County successfully defended its Regional Transportation Authority before the Arizona Court of Appeals but has heard the plaintiff, the Goldwater Institute, will ask the Arizona Supreme Court to hear the case.
In other business Wednesday:
- The board awarded a bid to build a new county office complex in San Tan Valley to A.R. Mays Construction, which bid $14,520,432 for the job. This is one of the major construction projects the county is building with a $63 million bond issue the board approved last year.
- In other “call to the public” items, three Encanterra residents said the town of Queen Creek has already begun to take over emergency services and levy taxes on their community, although the annexation is not final pending an appeal.
“This is not right, they’re proceeding too fast,” Gail Peters told the board. Another asked, “If annexation is reversed, how do we recoup taxes paid to Queen Creek?” Supervisor Mike Goodman, R-San Tan Valley, asked county staff to look into the situation.
- John and Barbara Hack addressed the board separately and said they’ve been waiting for 10 months for county staff to address an issue they did not specify. John Hack said he would like an answer that day on a public records request he made three weeks earlier. Barbara Hack said they’re “tired, frustrated and angry” about the county’s “harassment.”
- The board approved a proclamation naming Jan. 29, 2020, as “Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Day” in Pinal County. The Job Corps center in Tucson has served many youths and young adults from Pinal County over the last 40 years, including 11 at this time, the board was told.