2/20/2013 8:17:00 AM Gosar discusses guns, immigration, forestry in Chino Valley
From right to left- Congressman Paul Gosar met with a few Chino Valley residents, including Dave Lacey, councilmember Darryl Croft, Mike Sturdy, and Mayor Chris Marley on Saturday, Feb. 16 at The Checkered Apron Bakery & Cafe.
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-District 4, made a stop in Chino Valley this past weekend, spending Saturday morning with Mayor Chris Marley and councilmember Darryl Croft, along with a small handful of local residents.
Marley arranged the informal coffee break so that he could have a personal audience with Gosar to discuss what Marley said were key topics for Chino Valley, Arizona, and the country.
"There seems to be, on the national level, an attempt to work with the United Nations to limit the ownership of firearms by private citizens," said Marley. "Congressman Gosar is trying to protect our Second Amendment from encroachment from the U.N."
In addition to the Second Amendment, the right of the people to bear arms, Marley and Gosar also discussed immigration and forestry concerns.
Closely tied to the Second Amendment discussion was Marley's request for Gosar to explore the possibility of governmental support for schoolteachers and faculty to carry concealed weapons on campus.
"I think concealed weapon training for teachers is important," said Marley. "If an incident happens on a school campus, things happen so quickly, for a teacher to be able to react immediately would make a huge difference. But proper training is crucial."
On immigration, Marley said he hopes the federal government would support the state's ability to protect their national borders. He relayed an experience of a member of the National Guard who told Marley he felt helpless while patrolling the border in Arizona.
"He told me, 'We sit there watching guys with their backpacks and AK's walking over the border. We call it in, but we can't engage. There is nothing we can do about it,'" said Marley. "It just makes me furious."
"It's even worse than that now," said Gosar. "The presidential decree and the lack of justice from our attorney general on upholding the rule of law, they can't apprehend anyone or question their age if they look or claim to be under the age of 40. We can't touch them."
Gosar said there is a legal action taking place in Texas to address this issue. "It looks like it's got standing," said Gosar.
Gosar and Larry Renken of the congressman's office of Constituent Services said they would follow up on all of the points raised and would also provide those in attendance further information on how their concerns could be addressed.
The visit took place a The Checkered Apron Bakery & Café, 1120 S Highway 89.
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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