ACTION ALERT: Anti-2nd Amendment provisions must be removed

by | Mar 22, 2020

Join me in protecting the 2nd Amendment 

An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.

With a vote on two emergency ordinances Monday evening in Bellingham, I ask everyone to send emails to the city’s mayor and council members and tell them to strike these anti-2A provisions. They are deeply offensive (how many other cities are looking at doing this?).

Tell them to remove sections 5, 7, and 9 from Bellingham Municipal Code 2.57.060:

In the event of disaster as provided in this chapter, the mayor or, in the mayor’s absence, the director is empowered to do the following:

A. Make and issue orders which shall have the force of law … such orders shall include but not be limited to the following:

5. An order requiring the discontinuation of the sale, distribution, or giving away of firearms and/or ammunition for firearms in any and all parts of the city;

7.  An order requiring the closure of any or all business establishments where firearms and/or ammunition for firearms are sold or otherwise dispensed …

9. An order prohibiting the carrying or possession of firearms or any instrument which is capable of producing bodily harm and which is carried or possessed with the intent to use the same to cause such harm; provided, that any such order shall not apply to peace officers or military personnel engaged in the performance of their official duties;

They blatantly violate the US Constitution and our state Constitution. Their emergency ordinances amend the Bellingham Municipal Code — they need to modify them and remove these offensive anti-2A provisions.

What’s their reason for the emergency ordinances? The fallout from Jay Inslee’s shutdown of the economy (which they describe very well):

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact on the local economy impacting the retail, restaurant and other industries, resulting in layoffs and reduced work hours for a significant percentage of this workforce (that) will lead to widespread economic hardship that will disproportionately impact low- and moderate- income workers resulting in lost wages, the inability to pay for basic household expenses, loss of housing due to nonpayment of rent, and an increase in people experiencing homelessness and the need for social support services; and

WHEREAS, to improve the City’s ability to respond to this public health emergency in a timely, effective manner, the City should amend Bellingham Municipal Code Chapter 2.57, “Emergency Services Council.”

I encourage everyone to send your emails RIGHT NOW – here’s how:

In the “To” line, copy and paste:

Subject line: I ask you to modify your emergency ordinances and remove unconstitutional anti-2A provisions.

In the body of the email, copy and paste this or write something like this — TELL THEM HOW YOU FEEL:

I ask you to modify the emergency ordinances you are voting on Monday night and remove the anti-2A provisions in the Bellingham Municipal Code (BMC 2.57.060A, subsections 5, 7, & 9). They clearly violate both our US Constitution and our state Constitution (Article 1, Section 24 is clear: “the right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired.”). Law-abiding citizens have every right to personally protect themselves — this is true at any time, but most especially during times like these. As former supreme court justice Richard Sanders recently said: “Our constitutional rights are most necessary in times of crises, not tranquility.” He’s exactly right. There is absolutely no justification for these blatantly unconstitutional provisions and your emergency ordinances should be modified to remove them. Please confirm you received my email message. 

PLEASE, EVERYONE, send your emails immediately. 

ACTION ALERT: The city council has made it very clear this is an open public meeting where anyone can attend. I will be there (Mon, March 23, 7:00pm, 210 Lottie St, Bellingham) to speak out against these outrageous provisions because I’m very concerned the mayor and council will ignore us if all we do is send emails. In-person, vocal testimony has always been the most effective way to lobby politicians. Join me if you want to. I hope to see you there.