On December 7, 2022, the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to declare the county a Second Amendment sanctuary. With this resolution, Lincoln County becomes one of the many counties in Wisconsin to support the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The resolution asserts that the right of individuals to keep and bear arms is fundamental and necessary for the protection of a free state. It also states that the county will not use any resources to enforce any federal, state, or local laws or regulations that infringe upon the Second Amendment.
The Second Amendment sanctuary movement has gained momentum across the United States in recent years, with many counties and states passing resolutions to show their support for the right to bear arms. Proponents of the movement argue that it is necessary to protect the Second Amendment from efforts to restrict gun ownership, such as proposed red flag laws and bans on certain types of firearms.
The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors’ decision to approve the resolution has been met with support from many residents of the county. Lincoln County’s Board of Supervisors’ declaration that the county is a Second Amendment sanctuary is a win for supporters of the right to bear arms. The resolution affirms the importance of the Second Amendment and sends a message that Lincoln County will not tolerate any attempts to infringe upon it.
Verification Citation/Source: Lincoln County, WI – County Board of Supervisors
Resolution date passed: 7 Dec 2022
Vote Count: 15 Aye – 4 Nay
SANCTUARY COUNTY FOR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “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, certain legislation could have the effect of infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the Lincoln County board of supervisors are concerned about the passage of any bill containing language which could be interpreted as infringing the rights of the citizens of Lincoln County to keep and bear Arms or could begin a slippery slope of restrictions on the Second Amendment right of the citizens of Lincoln County; and
WHEREAS, the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors wishes to express its deep commitment to the rights of all citizens of Lincoln County to keep and bear Arms; and
WHEREAS, the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors wishes to express opposition to any law that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights under the Second Amendment of the citizens of Lincoln County to bear arms; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its intent to uphold the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Lincoln County and its intent that public funds of the County not be used to restrict Second Amendment rights or to aid in the unnecessary and unconstitutional restriction of the rights under the Second Amendment of the citizens of Lincoln County; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors hereby declares its intent to oppose unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms through such legal means as may be expedient, including without limitation court action; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors hereby declares Lincoln County, Wisconsin as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”
Authored by: Calvin Callahan, District 13 Co-Sponsors: Jesse Boyd Introduced by: Administrative and Legislative Committee
Endorsed by: Don Friske, Jesse Boyd, Lori Anderson-Maim, Angela Cummings, Julie DePasse, Greg Hartwig
Date Passed: December 7, 2022
Committee Vote: 6-0
Fiscal Impact: unknown
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