Itasca County, Minnesota, has recently become a Second Amendment sanctuary county. The Itasca County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution on February 21, 2023, declaring Itasca County a Second Amendment sanctuary.
The resolution is a statement of support for the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms. The resolution reaffirms the county’s commitment to upholding the Second Amendment and opposing any efforts to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and bear firearms.
The resolution states that the county will not use any of its resources to enforce any unconstitutional gun laws or regulations. It also states that the county will not cooperate with any efforts by the federal government to enforce such laws.
The Itasca County Board of Commissioners’ decision to declare Itasca County a Second Amendment sanctuary has been met with widespread support from the community. Local residents have praised the decision, saying that it sends a strong message to state and federal lawmakers that the Second Amendment is an important issue for Itasca County residents.
Some supporters of the resolution argue that the Second Amendment is more important now than ever, given recent efforts by some lawmakers to pass stricter gun control laws. They believe that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right that should be protected at all costs.
The Itasca County Board of Commissioners’ decision to declare Itasca County a Second Amendment sanctuary is a strong statement of support for the Second Amendment and the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and bear firearms. If you want to read more about this decision and the reasons behind it, click on the link to the original article here: https://www.grandrapidsmn.com/news/commissioners-declare-itasca-county-a-second-amendment-sanctuary/article_3aedd924-b526-11ed-9532-7b89b5d09cb9.html.
Verification Citation/Source: Itasca County, MN– County Commissioners
Resolution date passed: 21 Feb 2023
Vote Count: 5 Ayes – 0 Nay.
RE: SECOND AMENDMENT DEDICATED COUNTY
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed;” and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), affirmed an individual’s right to possess firearms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home; and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), affirmed that the right of an individual to “keep and bear arms,” as protected under the Second Amendment, is incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment against the states; and
WHEREAS, the People of Itasca County, Minnesota, derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearm recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within Itasca County using all types of firearms allowable under the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, certain legislation, beyond existing laws to date, that has or may be introduced in Minnesota legislature in the future, and certain legislation which has or may be introduced in the United States Congress in the future, could have the effect of infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners is concerned about the passage of any new legislation containing language which could be interpreted as infringing the rights of the citizens of Itasca County to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners wishes to express its deep commitment to the rights of all citizens of Itasca County to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners wishes to express opposition to any law in the future, beyond existing laws to date, that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights of the citizens of Itasca County to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners wishes to express its intent to stand as a County Dedicated to Second Amendment rights and to oppose, within the limits of the Constitution of the United States and the State of Minnesota, any efforts in the future to unconstitutionally restrict such rights.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Itasca County Minnesota:
That the Itasca County Board of Commissioners hereby declares Itasca County, Minnesota, as a “Second Amendment Dedicated County;” and
That the Itasca Board of Commissioners hereby expresses its intent to uphold the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Itasca County, Minnesota; and
The the Itasca County Board of Commissioners hereby declares its intent to oppose any infringement on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms by opposing any new laws in the future that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights of the citizens of Itasca County to keep and bear arms.
RESULT: APPROVED (5 TO 0)
MOVER: Commissioner John Johnson
SECONDER: Commissioner Casey Venema
AYES: Cory Smith, Terry Snyder, John Johnson, Burl Ives, Casey Venema
I, BRETT SKYLES, Administrator of the County of Itasca, do hereby certify that I have compared the foregoing with the original resolution filed in my office on the 21st day of February A.D. 2023 and that the same is a true and correct copy of the whole thereof.
WITNESS MY HAND AND SEAL OF OFFICE at Grand Rapids, Minnesota, this 21st day of February A.D. 2023.
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