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Arizona's most populous county becomes gun 'sanctuary'

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted in Phoenix on Wednesday to declare the county a “Second Amendment Preservation County.”
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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors listens to comments from Marie Thearle, right, a gun control supporter, during a meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Arizona's most populous county on Wednesday joined a growing national movement in which areas are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries and proclaiming support for gun ownership rights. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

PHOENIX — Arizona's most populous county is joining a growing national movement in which areas are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. 

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted in Phoenix on Wednesday to declare the county a “Second Amendment Preservation County.”

Maricopa, one of the nation's fastest-growing counties, is following dozens of counties nationwide and four others in Arizona that have approved similar symbolic resolutions. 

The resolutions are meant to stave off gun-control policies that could be seen as unconstitutional. 

The proposal lost some of its edge when the board dropped a stipulation that government funds would not be used to infringe on gun rights. 

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Volunteers with Moms Demand Action, a gun control advocacy group, stand outside a Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Arizona's most populous county on Wednesday joined a growing national movement in which areas are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries and proclaiming support for gun ownership rights. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

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