The Lander County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution No. 2019-03, presented by Sheriff Ron Unger, wherein “Lander County declares its support for the United States Constitution and the Nevada Constitution with emphasis on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and the Fourth Amendment right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures, an attestation that Lander County as a body fully supports the oath of office taken by its elected officials and adopts it as its own.” 

Unger stated, “I think this resolution is very well written and does exactly what we need it to do.” 

Commissioner Art Clark stated, “The really significant part is Section 11, the right to keep and bear arms – civil power supreme. And any attack on that is an attack on the people. And anybody who attacks this, if you are not against them, you are with them.”

Commissioner Judie Allen made the motion and read the resolution aloud. “A resolution in support of the individual right of Lander County citizens to keep and bear arms as protected by Section 11 of the Nevada Constitution, and the Second and Fourth amendments of the United States Constitution. Whereas Section 11 of the Nevada Constitution states the right to keep and bear arms, civil power supreme.

No. 1, Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for other lawful purposes. 

No. 2, The military shall be subordinate to the civil power. No standing army shall be maintained by this state in time of peace and in time in war, and no appropriation for a standing army shall be for a longer time than two years. Whereas the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights states, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of the free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Whereas the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution adopted in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights states the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause supported by oath or affirmation and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized. Whereas elected officials take an oath of office which states NRS 282.020 Form of Official Oath, members of the legislature and all officers, executive, judicial and ministerial, shall, before they enter upon the duties of their respective offices, take and subscribe to the following oath, ‘I do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support, protect and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States, and the Constitution and Government of the State of Nevada against all enemies whether domestic or foreign, and that I will bear true faith, allegiance and loyalty to the same. Any ordinance, resolution or law of any state notwithstanding, and that I will well and faithfully perform all the duties of the office of which I am to enter if in oath, so help me God, if an affirmation under the pains and penalties of perjury.’ Whereas we, the Lander County Board of County  Commissioners have a duty to uphold the rights of residents of Lander County who are entitled to all the rights and protections of the constitutions of Nevada and the United States, and whereas the citizens of Lander County derive personal and economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms, recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within Lander County, using all types of firearms allowable under the United States and Nevada constitutions. Now therefore, whereas Lander County as a body fully supports the oath of office taken by its elected officials and adopts it as its own, now therefore be it resolved that the Lander County Board of Commissioners hereby go on record in full support of the constitutional rights of its citizens, including the Second and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 11 of the Nevada Constitution, and be it further resolved that the Lander County Board of Commissioners oppose the enactment of any legislation, state or federal, that would unconstitutionally infringe upon the lawful rights of residents to keep and bear arms, including the right of private individuals to lawfully sell or transfer their legally owned firearms without undue government burden. Passed and adopted this 25th day of April, 2019.”

After the resolution passed, public comment consisted of unanimous applause from all of the residents gathered.

Lander County District Attorney Ted Herrera added, “We will put it on some really nice bond paper and have all the commissioners sign it, and if you want a copy of it, it will be available.”