In response, an alternate decision was accepted that the Monroe County Board of Commissioners would “uphold the U.S. and Michigan constitutions.”
A decision to declare that Monroe County helps the 2nd Modification that protects an individual’s proper to maintain and bear arms was not on the agenda for Tuesday night time’s county board of commissioners’ assembly, however the matter got here up simply the identical.
Residents packed the board room because the decision drawn up by Commissioner Greg Moore Jr. was learn and debated for 1 ½ hours. It was omitted from the agenda, although, as a result of he didn’t observe procedures for putting issues earlier than the board, mentioned J. Henry Lievens, board chairman.
Lievens mentioned it was the way in which the decision happened and the social media feedback that irked some commissioners. He talked with Moore final week in regards to the difficulty, however the commissioner didn’t attend a gathering Jan. 16 to debate what agenda gadgets can be mentioned at Tuesday’s common assembly. It’s a standard apply for commissioners to fulfill the Thursday earlier than every assembly to plan what issues can be acted on. Consequently, the proposal that drew help from just one different commissioner – Daybreak Asper — was not prepared for a proper presentation, the chairman mentioned.
Moore mentioned Tuesday night time that he missed the agenda assembly as a result of he was sick with the flu. He maintained that he adopted procedures within the board’s bylaws by submitting the decision inside 72 hours of the agenda session. He additionally emailed copies of the preliminary decision two weeks in the past to every commissioner.
The proposed decision tried to thrust back makes an attempt to cross any gun bans in Michigan. Restrictions on assault weapons and sure forms of magazines went into impact in Virginia Jan. 1, though 90 counties within the state have handed resolutions proclaiming themselves as “2nd Modification Sanctuary Counties” there.
Moore, who referred to as the gun ban unconstitutional, mentioned the preliminary decision he drafted included declaring the county a “2nd Modification Sanctuary County,” however dropped that language within the last model. He mentioned the newest decision merely requested commissioners to go on file as supporting the 2nd Modification in each the state and U. S. Structure.
He and a number of other different residents who spoke mentioned they solely wished an “up and down vote” on how every commissioner stood on the 2nd Modification.
“I don’t see why that is such a divisive difficulty,” Moore mentioned.
Lievens mentioned the proposal had upset some commissioners who weren’t pleased with the way in which it was offered. He mentioned it additionally triggered some confusion as to what the time period “sanctuary” meant and what influence the decision would have on native regulation enforcement.
“The matter is extra appropriately targeted with our state legislators as they write the legal guidelines that govern” the state, the chairman mentioned in the beginning of the two-hour assembly. “The board contains on its agenda solely resolutions that the board has authority over. We would not have authority over the 2nd Modification.”
Many within the viewers urged the board to take a stand on the difficulty, together with Jim Monaghan, brother of Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, and Austin Blaine of Milan, who mentioned his household has an extended historical past of supporting private liberties and gun rights and has licenses for a number of firearms.
“We nonetheless concern authorities can intervene with our Godgiven rights,” Blaine mentioned.
Micah Younger of Newport famous that though the federal proper to bear arms was handed within the late 1700s, it wasn’t till 1963 that Michigan included the identical proper in its Structure. He drew applause when he mentioned the board ought to come again with one other decision particularly mentioning help for the 2nd Modification.
Wayne Clean, an NRA teacher and coaching officer, mentioned each county in Michigan ought to have a decision like this one.
“I don’t need to see our Structure attacked,” Clean mentioned. “We’ve acquired to look ahead down the highway … we’re not going to face for antigun activists in our state.”
One other man from outdoors the county mentioned, “On the subject of the 2nd Modification, I’m a single-issue voter.” A person from Holland and a Navy veteran additionally spoke.
Exeter Township resident Dennis Miller, a Navy veteran, mentioned the decision wasn’t vital as a result of commissioners have already got taken oaths. He mentioned the 2nd Modification protects the nation from each “international and home assaults.”
“You’re minimizing our Structure to only one modification,” Miller mentioned.
Commissioners George Jondro and Mark Brant mentioned they’ve taken many oaths to uphold the legal guidelines of the land.
“It’s unquestionable (to suppose) we don’t uphold our structure and the rights that go along with it,” Jondro mentioned.
Lots of the commissioners – together with Brant, David Hoffman and Lievens — mentioned they’re sturdy gun-rights supporters.
“I’m a agency supporter of the 2nd Modification, have been for 30 years,” Brant mentioned.
Hoffman, a 40-year member of the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation, mentioned the decision acquired off observe due to considerations in regards to the sanctuary and help for gun rights. He mentioned the board labored as a workforce and that agenda issues need to undergo the chairman.
Commissioner David G. Swartout provided a distinct decision that drew help from a majority of the nine-member board. It mentioned the board wish to “reaffirm their oath of workplace to point out their unwavering dedication to uphold the U.S. and Michigan constitutions and each modification in them and our Invoice of Rights.” Commissioners accepted the decision 7-2, with Asper and Moore casting the lone no votes, saying the language didn’t particularly point out the 2nd Modification.
Asper lobbied for extra time to debate Swartout’s decision, saying the language wanted to be “stronger than that.” She mentioned that despite the fact that constitutions assure sure rights, there are new legal guidelines and poll initiatives being handed which might be “chipping away” at these rights. She mentioned some dangerous legal guidelines are being handed and allowed to face till they’re challenged in a courtroom of regulation.
“It’s essential to know there are many unconstitutional legal guidelines en power that stand till they’re challenged,” she mentioned.
Lievens mentioned feedback on social media accusing him and different commissioners of being “un-American” and “gun grabbers” upset him. He additionally lamented getting calls from individuals who thought commissioners weren’t supporting the state and nationwide constitutions and thought that if the decision handed, they might not need to get a license to hold a weapon.
“That is cherry choosing one modification” within the U.S. Structure, Lievens mentioned. “We took an oath to defend all amendments” within the Invoice of Rights. “The board takes its governance tasks critically. We do (take an oath) every time period of workplace. That oath has not expired and we proceed with the beliefs of that oath.”