Aroostook County Commissioners postpone second amendment sanctuary vote

Aroostook County Commissioners postpone second amendment sanctuary vote

County Commissioner Norman Fournier speaks during the Aroostook County Commissioners meeting held July 21 in Houlton. (Alexander MacDougall | Houlton Pioneer Times) HOULTON, Maine — The Aroostook County Commissioners voted to withdraw a resolution to make The County a Second Amendment sanctuary after John DeVeau, the former Maine House Representative and originator of the resolution, requested it be replaced with a new resolution. DeVeau had brought the initial resolution to make The County a safe haven for the right to bear arms, a mostly symbolic designation, at the previous commissioners’ meeting. At the July 21 meeting in Houlton, DeVeau requested that his previous proposal be withdrawn, in favor of one he sent just that morning to the commissioners. DeVeau said the initial resolution could be perceived as giving the commission the authority to tell the Aroostook County Sheriff to enforce or not enforce certain laws. “That’s not something I’m willing to bring forward,” DeVeau said. “Instead, the resolution you have in front of you now says that you, the county commissioners for Aroostook County, will follow and abide by your oath of office, and that not one constitutional right, or one bill of right, or one inherent right, but all of them will be protected by you against the state and federal government.” The idea of towns and counties adopting Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions is controversial, and was recently spurred on by the Aroostook town of Fort Fairfield adopting such a resolution back in February. Piscataquis County was the […]

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