PI sheriff won’t take guns under red-flag law

PI sheriff won’t take guns under red-flag law

Gun Rights

ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle County Sheriff Joseph Brewbaker said he would not remove guns from a resident’s home under a red-flag law, even if such a law was enacted in the state. Brewbaker said he believes a red flag law goes against the U.S. Constitution. He says constitutional rights, including the amendments, is what he enforces as a sheriff and is what he was sworn in to do. “That would be going against an amendment in my opinion,” he said. Brewbaker publicly expressed his support for the Second Amendment sanctuary movement last week, following the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners approval of a resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary. But sheriffs and prosecutors in other counties have been hesitant to get behind resolutions that would make them a Second Amendment sanctuary. A statement issued by Alcona County Prosecutor Thomas Weichel and Sheriff Scott Stephenson on Monday said it would not be appropriate for them to make “a declaratory decision on unknown future scenarios.” The resolution is non-binding. All governments must follow the Constitution, and both state law and federal law trump local ordinances. Michigan does not have a red flag law, however, red flag laws have been implemented in other states, such as Virginia. Many lawmakers have pushed for such changes after deadly mass shootings in recent years. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has expressed support for so-called red flag laws, which allow judges to temporarily take away someone’s firearms if they are ruled a danger to […]

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