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County could become second amendment sanctuary county

Posted: 5:25 PM, Feb 18, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-18 20:24:13-05
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JACKSON, Mich. — The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday night for a possible vote on a resolution that would make the county a second amendment sanctuary county.

Becoming a second amendment sanctuary county would stop, or get in the way of, certain gun control enforcement measures.

The resolution would support the county sheriff and prosecutor to use their "sound discretion to not enforce against any citizen an unconstitutional firearms law."

"It's the county commissioner's affirming their backing of the sheriff and the prosecutor to not enforce unconstitutional firearm laws," said Bruce Chandler, gun rights advocate. "These laws need not be passed. I mean there's no new process. You're hauled in--in front of a judge after the fact. After you've been adjudicated guilty and then you have to go and prove your innocence--that's not how it works in this country."

Jackson County's prosecutor has not seen the resolution. He said none of the commissioners have spoken to him about it.

Sheriff Steven Rand did not have time to speak with Fox 47.

Bob Wilson and Chandler say they were inspired to create the resolution after they say what's happening with gun control laws in Virginia.

"We have been sitting back now for a few years watching local and federal governments widdle away at our gun rights," said Wilson, gun rights advocate.

Both Wilson and Chandler see this resolution as a message to Governor Gretchen Whitmer who has come out in support of stricter gun laws.

"That's not going to happen here," Wilson said.

On Facebook, some Fox 47 viewers are firing back saying Jackson has enough guns on the streets, but Chandler said this resolution is for legal, responsible gun owners.

"A lot of people that are opposing this seem to think that by making Jackson a sanctuary county, that we're inviting in illegal firearms activity. That is completely false," Chandler said.

They say they've gotten a lot of support, even encouragement from a musician who once called Jackson County home.

"We even got a message from Ted Nugent. He just wants us to go out there and basically he said rock it on. Get it done

Most second amendment sanctuary efforts across the country are in response to Virginia's "red flag" law, which allowed authorities to temporarily seize a firearm of someone deemed a threat. It's a measure that is strongly opposed by gun-rights supporters. The red flag law was introduced in the 2019 January session.

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