Jackson County to become second amendment sanctuary county

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JACKSON, MI (WILX) - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners has approved a measure to make the county a second amendment sanctuary.

However, the public was divided over the gun rights issues.

The commissioners voted 6 to 2 to pass the resolution of making the county a second amendment sanctuary Tuesday night. That means board members there support gun rights legislation.

"This resolution is attempting to take away those checks and balances and give it to the prosecutor or the sheriff on the street and that's not what we want. We want enforcement of the law as they're written by the people we elected to write them," said Randy Herrick, a Jackson County resident.

"Adopting this resolution is a small but important step in the right direction making the statement that one county at a time, one state at a time, we're working toward securing our liberties for ourselves and for our future generations," said Chris Brown, a Jackson County resident.

The resolution supports the county sheriff and prosecutor to use their "sound discretion to not enforce against any citizen an unconstitutional firearms law."

"It's the county commissioner's affirming their backing of the sheriff and the prosecutor to not enforce unconstitutional firearm laws," said Bruce Chandler, gun rights advocate. "These laws need not be passed. I mean there's no new process. You're hauled in--in front of a judge after the fact. After you've been adjudicated guilty and then you have to go and prove your innocence--that's not how it works in this country."

Jackson County's prosecutor has not seen the resolution. He said none of the commissioners have spoken to him about it.

Sheriff Steven Rand did not have time to speak with News 10.

Bob Wilson and Chandler say they were inspired to create the resolution after they say what's happening with gun control laws in Virginia.

"We have been sitting back now for a few years watching local and federal governments widdle away at our gun rights," said Wilson, gun rights advocate.

Both Wilson and Chandler see this resolution as a message to Governor Gretchen Whitmer who has come out in support of stricter gun laws.

"That's not going to happen here," Wilson said.

On Facebook, some News 10 viewers fired back saying Jackson has enough guns on the streets, but Chandler said this resolution is for legal, responsible gun owners.

"A lot of people that are opposing this seem to think that by making Jackson a sanctuary county, that we're inviting in illegal firearms activity. That is completely false," Chandler said.

They say they've gotten a lot of support, even encouragement from a musician who once called Jackson County home.

"We even got a message from Ted Nugent. He just wants us to go out there and basically he said rock it on. Get it done

Most second amendment sanctuary efforts across the country are in response to Virginia's "red flag" law, which allowed authorities to temporarily seize a firearm of someone deemed a threat. It's a measure that is strongly opposed by gun-rights supporters. The red flag law was introduced in the 2019 January session.

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