Alcona County to ponder gun resolution

HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners will be asked today to consider a resolution proclaiming Alcona County a Second Amendment sanctuary.

Commissioners meet at 10 a.m. at the county courthouse, 106 N. 5th St.

Alcona County Clerk Stephany Eller said Mikado Township resident David Adams asked the resolution to be placed on today’s agenda.

If passed, the county would reaffirm their support for Alcona County Sheriff Scott Stephenson and Prosecutor Thomas Weichel and give them the discretion “to not enforce against any citizen an unconstitutional firearms law.”

Adams’ request comes at a time when county commissioners across the state are considering similar resolutions.

The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners on Friday narrowly passed a resolution proclaiming that county a Second Amendment sanctuary. Commissioners in Alpena County last week tabled a vote to become a Second Amendment sanctuary until Feb. 25.

Alcona County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Adam Brege said commissioners will listen to Adams’ presentation, but he doesn’t know whether commissioners will immediately bring it forward for a vote or not.

Alcona County board Chairman Craig Johnston said commissioners are “looking forward” to hearing what residents have to say. If there’s enough support for the resolution on the board, the resolution would be brought forward, he said.

“I think it is how our system works,” Johnston said. “You come to meetings and you make your voice heard — that’s the process.”

Johnston said he expects Stephenson and Weichel will attend the meeting, as well.

Supporters have called the resolutions a way to push back on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislators in Lansing who have supported gun control and so-called red-flag laws, which allow firearms to be temporarily removed from someone who poses a risk to themselves or others. The laws would also restrict that individual from purchasing a gun during that time.

In September, Whitmer joined governors from 11 other states to call on President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell to pass gun legislation.

The Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions are non-binding. All governments must abide by the Constitution, and federal and state laws trump local ordinances.

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.


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