SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

A Spokane Valley councilman has brought forward a proposal aimed at protecting residents' rights to keep and bear arms.
   
The Spokesman-Review reports that Councilman Caleb Collier has asked that the city be declared a "Second Amendment Sanctuary City." He says his plan comes in response to state Attorney General Bob Ferguson's recent announcement that he's seeking a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles.
   
The sanctuary city proclamation wouldn't give Spokane Valley the authority to stop enforcement of state and federal gun laws.
   
But Councilman Ed Pace says the move could be used as a lobbying tool and to send a message to state legislators.
   
Collier has requested the council discuss the proposal at an upcoming meeting.
   
Counties in Oregon and Maryland have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries.