Kelly Sparks

Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks poses outside the sheriff's office in Farmington on Jan. 28, 2019.

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FARMINGTON — Six weeks after Davis County officials said they didn’t plan to pursue Second Amendment sanctuary status, a new sheriff’s office policy has gone into effect to ease concerns of some that their gun rights are at risk.

“This is truly preventive,” meant as a counterweight to possible governmental action from the feds on down to interfere with gun rights, said Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks. There’s no specific measure or action that prompted the policy change, but the issue has been a simmering point of worry among some, which led to the action.

“This is really to make sure people know where we stand in case of these potentialities. ... I think this is a conversation that’s been going on for a long time,” Sparks said.

The policy change went into effect Tuesday, he said, and states that sheriff’s office deputies and other employees are not to enforce certain measures that infringe on the right to bear arms, as spelled out in the Second Amendment. Davis County Commissioners, meeting Tuesday, approved a motion expressing support for the move.

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