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New Mexico county is in “Second Amendment Sanctuary’ in protest of gun ownership legislation

Gloria Lincoln-Thompson Of Garden City, Mich., she’s wearing Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm pistol in her belt while participating in a rally and March for Michigan’s Open Carry law April 27, 2014 in Romulus, Michigan support. (Getty Images)

A small county in Eastern New Mexico declared a “Second Amendment sanctuary County” on Wednesday in protest against a pending gun control legislation in the state.

To pass the Quay County Commission unanimously adopted the resolution, Albuquerque, KRQE-TV reported.

The state House Republicans praised the movement in a statement, saying they are proud of it, Quay County, with a population of over 10,000 citizens, for standing up for the rights of New Mexico. Republican legislator representing the minority in the state house of representatives and the Senate.

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The pending gun control legislation includes the house bill 8, which would expand background checks on gun sales between private individuals, the reported station. Licensed gun dealers are already required to have background checks to perform by state law.

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The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association, called the laws are not enforceable, they say punish’d, law-abiding citizens, according to the station.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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