Campbell County has officially been declared a Second Amendment sanctuary county per a resolution passed unanimously by the Campbell County Board of Commissioners at their regular Tuesday morning meeting June 16.
The resolution was brought forth by Commissioner Del Shelstad in response to protecting Campbell County citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Shelstad said he reached out to his Facebook friends earlier this week, asking for their input on the issue. In a post, Shelstad said he had been approached by members of the community who advocated for a county resolution to protect their gun rights. Originally, Shelstad said, he had planned to bring the resolution before the board earlier this year; however, the process was postponed due to COVID-19.
Shelstad’s resolution guarantees that the Campbell County Board of Commissioners will support and defend a citizen’s right to keep and bear firearms.
Commissioner Rusty Bell agreed with this statement, adding a caveat as one who stands to benefit from the passing of this resolution as the owner of Rusty’s Taxidermy.
“I do benefit financially from the Second Amendment,” Bell said during the board’s discussion. “Without being able to keep and bear arms, I wouldn’t have my business.”
As the owner of The Range 307, Shelstad also admitted his vested interest in supporting the community’s access to firearms, adding that many residents also benefit from the protection of these rights.
Bell went on to say that though he was supportive of the language used in the resolution, he still was unsure whether this action was necessary in Campbell County.
“Usually, when counties become Second Amendment sanctuaries, they’re experiencing a change in legislation at the state level,” he said. “We really aren’t seeing that here in Wyoming.”
While Shelstad acknowledged that Wyoming legislation has traditionally protected the residents’ right to bear arms, he explained that by adopting the resolution, the board would be making “more of a preemptive decision.” He also noted that Campbell County would not be Wyoming’s first county to pass such a resolution, as Sweetwater has already adopted a resolution of their own.
“If nothing else, we’re letting our residents know where we stand on this issue,” Shelstad said.