Fresno County supervisors unanimously voted to grant themselves and their assistants the right to carry firearms within county buildings. Authorized employees would also be allowed to carry while on official duty.
Earlier this year, Fresno City Council voted to ban everybody else, except law enforcement officers, from carrying a firearm into the county buildings. The ban also prohibited other weapons, including knives, scissors, and pepper spray. Unsurprisingly, this is California, where your status in society determines whether you can exercise your Second Amendment rights.
This is an example of them granting themselves special rights above the citizens they're supposed to serve. It has a different ring to it when you grant yourself certain rights and deny everybody else the opportunity to exercise theirs.
Councilmember Garry Bredefeld had opposed the ban and unsuccessfully sponsored a motion to extend the right to carry to include permit holders and councilmembers. He pointed out that banning firearms violated people’s rights and failed to guarantee the safety of the buildings.
“It creates an illusion that the building is secure. It is not,” the councilman said. “It erodes the constitutional, God-given right for people to protect themselves.”
While serving as a councilman in 2012, Mayor Lee Brand introduced a motion to ease the process of acquiring concealed carry licenses in Fresno County. However, when he became the mayor, he turned around and introduced the ban in January this year. Drunk with power, Mayor Brand lost touch with the ordinary Fresno residents and began representing elites' interests.
Fresno County has the most concealed carry permits in California, with about 17,500 licenses issued. Orange County is a distant second with 12,008 CCW permits. Over 15,000 CCW permit holders obtained their licenses from Fresno County Sheriff's office while another 2,400 received theirs from the Fresno Police Department. Fresno County has a firearm ownership rate of 17 per 1000, compared to California's 3 per 1000.
Fresno County administrators and Mayor Brand adopted an elitist approach to individual rights and security. After banning firearms, Fresno City Council installed a fence to protect only the top officials. Only the councilmembers and charter employees benefitted from the security fence while the rest were left to work outside the secured zones and with no means of self-defense.
The latest Fresno County supervisors' decision shows how constitutionally granted rights could become mere privileges if anti-gun politicians were allowed to rule unchecked.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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