‘Approving this shows we oppose any attempts to undermine our rights’

Commission tables Second Amendment resolution

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published January 20, 2020


MACOMB COUNTY — Should Macomb County be a Second Amendment sanctuary county?

That was the basis of a proposed resolution considered by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, or BOC.

At the Jan. 15 BOC government oversight committee meeting, the commission tabled approving or denying a resolution declaring Macomb County a Second Amendment sanctuary county.

It was voted to table the resolution until a future government oversight committee meeting with no date specified. The next committee meeting is Feb. 12.

Commissioner Phil Kraft, who represents District 8 which includes Lenox and Chesterfield townships, New Haven and New Baltimore, offered the resolution and said he is open to amending it.

The one-page resolution reads, in part, that the right of the people to keep and bear arms is guaranteed as an individual right under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and under Michigan’s Constitution.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty, and property is regarded as an inalienable right by the people of Macomb County,” it states. “The people of Macomb County derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms, recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within Macomb County.”

The resolution was brought forth so the BOC could declare Macomb County a Second Amendment sanctuary county, and the BOC would affirm its support to the sheriff to exercise sound discretion to not enforce unconstitutional firearms laws, or laws that do not allow for due process and that are not in line with the Bill of Rights.

Also included in the proposed resolution was that the BOC will not appropriate any funds for the enforcement of any unconstitutional firearms laws, or laws that do not allow for due process and that are not in line with the Bill of Rights.

At the meeting, Kraft said he introduced the resolution as a response to actions that threaten residents’ Second Amendment rights.

“The resolution sends a clear message to our state and federal leaders that Macomb County will not allow our Second Amendment right to be violated in any way,” he said. “Approving this resolution shows Macomb County residents that we oppose any attempts to undermine our rights.”

Commissioner Veronica Klinefelt, who represents Eastpointe, Grosse Pointe Shores, St. Clair Shores, and parts of Warren, said she was unaware of a big push in the county to go after the Second Amendment.

“The resolution got everybody on both sides of the aisle all riled up, where they weren’t riled up two weeks ago,” she said.

Commissioner Leon Drolet, who represents Macomb Township, said he interpreted the resolution to mean that the board doesn’t determine what is constitutional, rather the county can’t enforce unconstitutional laws.

Residents spoke for nearly 90 minutes regarding the resolution and about the county being involved in refugee resettlement.

Dakota High School student Katie Kramer said the school began active shooter drills last school year.

“From the perspective of a teenager who has had to go through those, they are traumatizing and frightening,” she said. “It reminds us that we are not 100% safe when we go to school.”  

Kramer argued that red flag laws would keep her and her classmates safe.

A red flag law is a gun control law that permits police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves.