2nd Amendment supporters to request sanctuary county resolution.

January 21, 2020

2nd Amendment supporters to request sanctuary county resolution.


Oceana County Commissioner Andrew Sebolt

HART — A grassroots resolution to declare Oceana County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County” is set to be considered by the Oceana County Board of Commissioners during regular session, Jan. 23.

The “2A Sanctuary County” is a state-wide movement in response to gun control bills being examined in Lansing, “which mirror the enforcement currently taking place in Virginia,” according to a press release from the organization.

“The statewide movement, with supporters and organizers in all of Michigan’s 83 counties, seeks to counter anti-2nd Amendment legislation by asking local officials to remember their Oath of Office. At present, there are six bills in Lansing the group is concerned with that includes language to create vague ‘Red Flag Laws.'”

“Where will it stop?” asked Oceana 2A Organizer Jerry Cain of Shelby. “I understand our current legislature may not approve such laws, but our governor would and elections occur every two years. It’s time we draw our line in the sand today.”

“I’m strongly encouraging the Oceana County commissioners to approve the Second Amendment Sanctuary County Resolution,” said Michael Cook of Golden Township. “Our Constitution’s 2nd Amendment is clear in two of the words — ‘to keep.’ It must be protected.”

District 4 Commissioner Andrew Sebolt (Colfax, Elbridge, Ferry, Leavitt), who will present the resolution, said, “Some politicians may find the words of the 2nd Amendment to be complicated or difficult. And while this resolution may hold little legal power, when entire counties rise up in a single voice, it will send a clear and unambiguous message to Lansing to not infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. A free people are only free so long as they have the right to defend themselves. By presenting this resolution, I intend to inform Lansing that the people of Oceana County have every intention to hang onto that right.”

“I am not even a gun owner,” said 2A petition circulator Chris Bosse of Hart. “But I fear that today it will be control of our gun rights and tomorrow our freedom of speech or religion. It’s a slippery slope I don’t want our government going down.”

The approximate start time for discussion and/or consideration of the resolution is 10 a.m. The Oceana County Board of Commissioners meet in the commissioners room in the Oceana County Building.

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