California Town Declares Itself A '2nd Amendment Sanctuary City'

The Needles city council voted unanimously to declare itself as a sanctuary city for legal gun owners.

Needles, CA – The Needles city council has unanimously voted to declare their small desert town as a sanctuary city for gun owners.

The city of approximately 5,000 people, which borders both Nevada and Arizona, believes that the State of California has imposed too many restrictions on citizens’ Second Amendment rights, the Associated Press reported.

The council has also directed the Needles city attorney to draft a resolution asking state lawmakers to allow licensed gun owners from outside California to carry their firearms within city limits.

Needles City Councilman Tim Terral, who sponsored the “2nd Amendment Sanctuary City” measure, said he doesn’t expect the Democratic-led legislature to honor their request.

Terral also acknowledged that the city used the “sanctuary city” verbiage to push back against California’s designation as a “sanctuary state” for immigration laws.

"They want to pick and choose what they follow," he said of other city and state lawmakers. "It's 'We're going to shield this person, but we're going to go after that person.' And in our opinion they have violated the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution in many ways."

Terral said that he introduced the measure after friends in Arizona told him they wouldn’t come to Needles to visit or make purchases due to the fact that California won’t honor their concealed weapons permits.

“They said, ‘basically it’s because we’re not going to disarm ourselves,'” he told the Associated Press.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that the city’s main goal is to make sure that people traveling through the small city feel comfortable stopping there without having to worry that they could be arrested for a felony for carrying legally registered weapons from their home states.

"We have had that happen," Daniels told the Associated Press. "Now not a lot. Not often. But occasionally that occurs."

City leaders also want Needles residents to be allowed to continue purchasing ammunition from neighboring states – a practice that was recently outlawed by the State of California.

Under the new law, Needles residents will have to travel more than 100 miles to buy ammunition at the nearest in-state retailers, instead of making their purchases in nearby Arizona.

If anyone disagrees with the city’s designation as a Second Amendment sanctuary city, the Associated Press was unable to find them.

After making over a dozen calls to local businesses, not a single resident voiced opposition, the Associated Press reported.

Comments (25)
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AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Got to love it, AP couldn't find anyone who disagreed. Not everyone lives in Looneyville.

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

Off to a great start!!!

UsAgainstThem
UsAgainstThem

YES! Not all Californians are liberal, snowflake looney-tunes.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Sounds like my kind of town. California will shyt on the Right of a Law Abiding Citizen, but cater to illegal aliens.

Bstn
Bstn

Too bad its so friggin hot in Needles or Id relicate over from my annoying city...But kudos Needles, bout time a city in Cali woke up & spoke up!! :)

tindog
tindog

Hey Needles, point of fact, California has imposed 0 restrictions on your 2nd amendment rights. Precisely, 0. They have regulated the proliferation of dunderheads who live next to me having ridiculous firepower, but that isn't addressed in the 2nd... no one says you can't bear arms, you just can't be on army of one.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Now we're getting somewhere. If criminals think its possible everyone is carrying they won't be as quick to try and commit a crime against them.

USNavyCorpsmanVet
USNavyCorpsmanVet

👍👍👍👍

RPG156
RPG156

There are hamlets of sanity in California after all...

Gramercy
Gramercy

Halleluia! Other towns are going to have to do the same...as chaos surrounds us daily!

Skidoo
Skidoo

One step at a time to undo the harm done there. But It may take as long to fix CA as as it took for it to go off the rails.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Watch the crime rate hit the floor. Good move people of Needles!!!!!

NomonK
NomonK

There are Counties in Tennessee that have used the same terminology and passed their ordinance for gun Sanctuary. Glad they followed the Volunteer States actions.

VicG
VicG

Great, it's a start. Kudo's to the Patriots of Needles...

Rayb
Rayb

I’ve been to Needles... good for them!

bob95648
bob95648

We live near the Nevada border as well and many people have already made plans to buy ammunition there. There is no Federal or Nevada State Law that prevents Californians from purchasing ammunition. The only laws are California Laws that ban unregistered ammunition purchases, but since the ammo wasn't purchased in California and was already legally possessed by the owner when it entered California...

At the very least, California cannot confiscate legally owned private property without due process and compensation (5th Amendment).

I'm no Constitutional Scholar, but I believe this one will be tested in the Federal Courts.

This new law is a great example of good intentions gone completely haywire. Most everyone can agree that keeping ammunition out of the hands of those who shouldn't have it is a noble cause... common sense pretty much ends there.

jimmer1
jimmer1

To bad they are attached to California, kudos Needles

OldVet
OldVet

About time someone in California had common sense.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Excellent !!

TangoTango
TangoTango

I’m normally not a fan of anything in Mexi-fornia or Cal-illegalia!!! However, I must say for the Needles City Council members making the town of Needles a Second Amendment Sanctuary City, I offer one word... SALUTE!!!!!!!!

Thank You Sirs and/or Ma’am’s who worked so hard to get this passed!!! Keep up the great work!!! Stand Strong!!! Call around and get more City Councils to do the same and work with other towns and cities to get them to do the same thing in their city town!h!!!

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

The only place in Commifornia worth living.

Lochemet
Lochemet

I'm moving to Needles!