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 At the March 11 Macomb County Board of Commissioners meeting, over a dozen Macomb County residents voiced their opinion on a proposed resolution to make Macomb County a Second Amendment sanctuary county.

At the March 11 Macomb County Board of Commissioners meeting, over a dozen Macomb County residents voiced their opinion on a proposed resolution to make Macomb County a Second Amendment sanctuary county.

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Macomb County commission doesn’t entertain resolution

Measure would make Macomb a Second Amendment sanctuary county

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published March 18, 2020

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MOUNT CLEMENS — The topic of making Macomb County a Second Amendment sanctuary county was once again brought up at the county level.

At the March 11 Macomb County Board of Commissioners Government Oversight Committee meeting, the commission was tasked with considering a resolution declaring Macomb County a Second Amendment sanctuary county.

A motion to bring the adoption of the resolution in front of the commission failed in a 7-5 vote. The resolution was first tabled from a January meeting.

Commissioners who voted against moving ahead with the resolution were Andrey Duzyj, Marv Sauger, Rob Mijac, Elizabeth Lucido, Rob Leonetti, Harold Haugh and Bob Smith.

Those who voted to bring forth the adoption were Veronica Klinefelt, Jim Carabelli, Leon Drolet, Don Brown and Phil Kraft.

Since the motion failed, the item still remains tabled and will remain there until it is brought to an agenda.

The vote came after over a dozen county residents voiced their opinion on the proposed resolution.

The resolution states 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.

It also reads that the people of Macomb County derive economic benefits from all safe forms of firearms, recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within Macomb County, using all forms of firearms allowable under the law.

The resolution declares Macomb County a Second Amendment sanctuary county, and that the BOC affirms its support to the sheriff to exercise sound discretion to not enforce unconstitutional firearms laws.

“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,” it reads.

It ends by stating that the BOC opposes the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

“We are peacefully assembled here today as united people defending our fundamental human right to bear arms without that right being infringed,” resident Yann Iannucci said. “My parents lived in World War II Italy and ensured I understood it was a group of individuals who professed to be benefactors that were nothing more than a collective of evil minds.”

In January, Commissioner 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.

Pam Leidlein, of Macomb Township, said her daughter was a victim of gun violence, and that gun safety laws are meant to protect Americans and make for a safer community for all.

“It’s up to the U.S. Supreme Court to determine constitutionality of laws, not the Macomb County Board of Commissioners,” she said. “Restating your oath in the form of this resolution is unnecessary and redundant.”    

Joseph Hayes, of Clinton Township, began his comments by saying that ignorance is bliss to those wanting to spread fear.

“Our Second Amendment rights are in jeopardy,” he said. “Unfortunately, the argument must continue for a sanctuary county, because it’s another roadblock to those who live in fear and spread ignorance about firearms.”

The resolution was introduced by Commissioner Kraft, who represents District 8, which includes Lenox and Chesterfield townships, New Haven and New Baltimore.

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