On December 15, 2020, the Wood County, Wisconsin Board of Supervisors passed a Pro-Second Amendment resolution. There were many people at the board meeting who spoke in support of the resolution and a few who spoke against it. However, the resolution passed with a vote of 12 to 7.
Verification Citation/Source: Wood County Board of Supervisors
Resolution date passed: 15 Dec 2020
Vote Count: 12-7
INTENT & SYNOPSIS: To recognize the importance of the Federal Constitution’s 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms and to encourage the state and federal governments not to abridge that right through legislation or rule making.
FISCAL NOTE: None.
WHEREAS, the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon, and
WHEREAS, Article I section 25 of the Wisconsin Constitution states: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose,” and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) made clear that a local or state government may not simply ban firearms in that the 2nd Amendment to the federal constitution makes clear the general right of citizens to possess a firearm for traditional lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home, and
WHEREAS, Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States ….” and
WHEREAS, on numerous occasions state and local governments have attempted to unconstitutionally infringe upon the inalienable, God-given right to bear arms, only to have those laws and rules be struck down by the courts, and
WHEREAS, the Wood County Board of Supervisors desires to join fellow counties and other municipalities within the State of Wisconsin and throughout the United States of America by going on record in support of the rights set forth in the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitutions, including the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE WOOD COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HEREBY RESOLVES to go on record to:
- Recognize the importance of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution’s codification of the right of citizens to keep and bear arms, and
- To oppose any state and federal government attempts to illegally infringe upon the right to bear arms through legislation or administrative rule making, and
- To direct staff to review County policies to confirm their consistency with the right to bear arms as protected by both the federal and state constitutions.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County Clerk is directed to send a copy of this resolution to the state and federal elected representatives of Wood County.