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2nd Amendment Resolutions, Voting by Wisconsin Counties

Last Updated 3/17/2020

This page is intended to be Non Partisan, there is no intended support for any political party. The only intent is support for keeping and preserving the 2nd Amendment as written. There are examples of 2nd Amendment Resolutions available at the bottom of the page.


There is a growing movement to support and preserve the 2nd Amendment in many parts of the U.S.A., including Wisconsin. Criminals that commit robbery, assault, homicide, or domestic violence must be prosecuted.  Federal law prohibits possession of a firearm or ammunition by any  person who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or involuntarily  “committed to any mental institution. No federal law, however, requires states to report the identities of these individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database, which the FBI uses to perform background checks prior to firearm transfers.  


But creating new Federal and State Laws that restrict law abiding gun owners or punish them if they keep their existing firearms or magazines is not the answer either. Criminals do not obey existing laws, so why would additional firearm restriction laws be obeyed by criminals? The burden would only fall on the law abiding citizens. 

 

History: The Second Amendment provides U.S. citizens the right to bear arms. Ratified in December 1791, the amendment says: 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.


James Madison originally proposed the Second  Amendment shortly after the Constitution was officially ratified as a  way to provide more power to state militias, which today are considered  the National Guard. It was deemed a compromise between Federalists —  those who supported the Constitution as it was ratified — and the  anti-Federalists — those who supported states having more power. Having  just used guns and other arms to ward off the English, the amendment was  originally created to give citizens the opportunity to fight back  against a tyrannical federal government.


These are 3 of the most recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions. District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008. The case centered on  Dick Heller, a licensed special police office in Washington, D.C., who  challenged the nation's capital's handgun ban. For the first time, the  Supreme Court ruled that despite state laws, individuals who were not  part of a state militia did have the right to bear arms. As part of its  ruling, the court wrote, "The Second Amendment protects an individual  right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to  use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense  within the home."


The court would rule on the issue again two years later as part of McDonald v. City of Chicago,  which challenged the city's ban on private handgun ownership. In a  similar 5-to-4 ruling, the court affirmed its decision in the Heller  case, saying the Second Amendment "applies equally to the federal  government and the states."

In 2016, the Supreme Court again ruled on a right-to-bear-arms case, Caetano v. Massachusetts.  The case involved a woman who was in possession of a stun gun for  self-defense against an abusive ex-boyfriend. Because stun guns were  illegal under Massachusetts law, the woman was arrested and convicted  for possessing the weapon. The case made its way to the Supreme Court,  which ruled that stun guns and, indeed "all instruments that constitute  bearable arms," are protected under the Second Amendment.


In 2017, the Supreme Court declined to hear Peruta v. California,  a gun-rights case centering around concealed carry, or the right to  carry a concealed handgun in public. California requires that applicants  for a concealed carry license show "good cause," such as a specific  threat to a person's safety. A Vietnam veteran named Edward Peruta  challenged this requirement as a curtailment of his Second Amendment  rights. While Heller was a case about keeping firearms in the home for self-protection, Peruta v. California was about whether that right extends to the public sphere. Justice  Clarence Thomas and new justice Neil Gorsuch dissented from the refusal  to review the case, indicating that the Supreme Court's newest justice  may be particularly conservative on gun rights.


Issues that are driving actions to support the 2nd Amendment. Criminals possessing or using guns. 'Gun Free Zones' that stop lawful concealed carry, but not criminals. Political campaign promises on magazine capacity restrictions and bans on certain types of guns. Hollywood selling gun violence for profits. Proposing back ground checks anytime a gun is sold, inherited, traded, or given as a gift. News media repeating inaccurate facts in their stories. Subject 'experts' who state their opinions and not facts. 


Please consider starting your own 2nd Amendment Resolution for your county. The link below is from Wikipedia, and is a good summary site for actions across the U.S.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Amendment_sanctuary


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Wisconsin Counties with 2nd Amendments Resolutions being considered:

Crawford County, TBD                      April 5th, 1-5 P.M. Seneca Town Hall 

Vernon County,  TBD  (see DRAFT)    contact Roger Call,    608-606-0738

        (TBD, to be determine)


Wisconsin County Resolutions to date:  (see downloads below, bottom of the page)

Brown County, nay 1-15-2020, 

Florence County, aye, 11-12-2019, 

Langlade County, aye, 2-28-2020,

Monroe County, aye 2-26-2020,         contact Trent Zeigler 608-487-2894

Vilas County, aye

Washburn County aye, 


Other States

Arizona (listed because it's the largest county)

Maricopa County, approved



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