On January 14, 2021 the Tuscola County, Michigan Board of Commissioners passed a “Resolution Declaring Tuscola County a Constitutional Second Amendment Sanctuary County”. Commissioners Thomas Bardwell, Kim Vaughan, Gouglas DuRussel and Dan Grimshaw were present. The resolution was offered by Commissioner Vaughan and Seconded by Commissioner Grimshaw. It passed unanimously.

Verification Citation/Source: Tuscola County, MI – Board of Commissioners
Resolution date passed: 14 Jan 2021
Vote Count: Unanimous

Resolution Declaring Tuscola County a Constitutional Second Amendment Sanctuary County 2021-03

At a Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the County of Tuscola, State of Michigan held on 14′1‘ day
of January, 2021.

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Thomas Young, Thomas Bardwell, Kim Vaughan, Douglas DuRussel, Dan Grimshaw COMMISSIONERS ABSENT: None

Commissioner Vaughan offered the following resolution and moved its adoption with a second provided by Commissioner Grimshaw.

WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to The Constitution of the United States of America, ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, states “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”; and

WHEREAS, Article I, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution (1963) provides that “Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state”; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of this Board to reaffirm its commitment and support of The Constitution of the United States of America as well as the Constitution of the State of Michigan including all amendments which protect Tuscola County citizens’ individual rights; and

WHEREAS, each Tuscola County Commissioner, as provided by Article IX, Section 1, of the Michigan Constitution (1963), took an oath to support The Constitution of the United States of America and the Michigan Constitution.

WHEREAS, a “Constitutional Sanctuary County” is defined as a place of refuge for the law abiding citizen in regards to the citizens’ rights under The Constitution of the United States of America and Michigan Constitution including but not limited to the Second Amendment right to Keep and Bear Arms.

NOW THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, by the Tuscola County Board of Commissioners, that the County of Tuscola, Michigan, be, and hereby is, declared to be a “Constitutional Sanctuary County.”

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Board affirms its support for the Tuscola County Sheriff and the Tuscola County Prosecuting Attorney, in the exercise of their sound discretion to NOT enforce any statute or law that is contrary to the rights established by The Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Michigan Constitution against any law-abiding citizen of Tuscola County.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Board will not authorize or appropriate funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purposes of enforcing any law that restricts the rights of any law abiding citizen affirmed by the Second Amendment or Article 1, Section 6, of the Michigan Constitution, nor be used to aid any state or federal agency in infringing or restricting such rights which would be considered to be unconstitutional; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board respectfully requests the Michigan Legislature, the United States Congress and other agencies of State and Federal government to vigilantly preserve and protect those rights by rejecting any provision, law or regulation that may infringe, have tendency to infringe or place any additional burdens on the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution be sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senator Kevin Daley, House Representative Phil Green, the other 82 counties in the State of Michigan, U.S. Congress Members Lisa McClain and Dan Kildee and U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow.

Those Commissioners voting in favor: DuRussel, Grimshaw, Young, Vaughan, Bardwell
Those Commissioners Voting Against: None

This Resolution was declared adopted.

Tuscola County Constitutional Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution pg 1
Tuscola County Constitutional Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution pg 2

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