FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2021
Contact: NFGR Press Room
National Foundation for Gun Rights sends Cease and Desist letter to Spearfish City Council, Mayor and City Attorney
Loveland, CO – The National Foundation for Gun Rights is demanding the Spearfish City Council, Mayor, and City Attorney stop illegally restricting law-abiding citizens from exercising their right to keep and bear arms while in Spearfish.
Since at least 1982, the City of Spearfish has had a city ordinance banning the carrying of firearms in Spearfish. This ordinance flies directly in the face of South Dakota’s 1983 preemption law, which specifically prevents cities and localities from passing and enforcing local-level gun control.
“Preemption laws are written for a reason – but apparently the City Council, Mayor, and City Attorney for Spearfish aren’t terribly worried about having unconstitutional laws on the books which restrict a law-abiding citizen’s right to bear arms while out in public,” said Dudley Brown, Executive Director of the National Foundation for Gun Rights.
Dudley Brown grew up in Spearfish before relocating during college.
“All local level gun bans are horrendous, but to see this in my own hometown, in a state which has a rich history of gun rights and passed Constitutional Carry into law a few years ago, is especially heinous. The current city council is duty bound to remove these outdated and illegal prohibitions on a constitutional right.
If they don’t, you can rest assured the National Foundation for Gun Rights will bring swift legal action against the city.” said Brown.
The National Foundation for Gun Rights is exploring all legal options to strike down City Ordinance 11-86, which bans citizens from exercising a constitutionally protected right.
“Punishing law-abiding gun owners, defying state laws, and making Spearfish a safe haven for criminals is not something I’ll stand by and let happen. I hope they’re ready to face the legal consequences if they refuse to act.” said Brown.
The full text of the cease-and-desist letter may be found here: GunRightsFoundation.org/Spearfish-Letter.
The National Foundation for Gun Rights is a 503(c)(3) organization that exists to expand pro-gun precedents and defend gun owners in the courts.