Selweski: Macomb officials declare their ‘sanctuary county’ immune from gun laws

Selweski: Macomb officials declare their ‘sanctuary county’ immune from gun laws

Politics Macomb County officials have declared that they will not obey gun laws that they believe stray from the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and that the sheriff and prosecutor must follow their lead. Joining a national movement to create Second Amendment sanctuary counties, Macomb becomes the first county in Metro Detroit to reject enforcement of future gun restrictions. With this move, which hardly got noticed, the county Board of Commissioners demonstrates a perplexing desire to play sheriff, prosecutor and Supreme Court justices. By a 7-6 vote last week along party lines, the new Republican majority – the first in the board’s history – agreed to make Macomb a sanctuary county, meaning they could choose not to enforce gun regulations such as universal background checks, bans on military-style weapons, high-capacity magazine restrictions and red flag laws. Commissioner Veronica Klinefelt That committee vote still faces final approval at the full board meeting on June 24. But the outcome may amount to little more than a formality as the same 13 members will make that decision. “(This is) saying, ‘We as a board, our position is, we don’t care what the courts have said or the legislature or the federal government, we’re deeming them all unconstitutional,’” said a skeptical Commissioner Veronica Klinefelt, an Eastpointe Democrat, who voted against the sanctuary status. Sheriff tells board they have ‘no control over me’ Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions are largely a symbolic move. Counties don’t have the legal standing to ignore […]

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