12/18/2019- Before it even came up for a vote, a proposal to authorize a resolution defending Marinette County residents’ right to bear arms was nixed from the County Board agenda Tuesday. Earlier this month the Public Services Committee postponed any action on becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary county, but the Administrative Committee later did approve sending an amended resolution simply opposing legislation that would infringe upon Second Amendment rights and forwarded that recommendation to the County Board. Corporation Counsel Gale Mattison informed the full Board at the start of the meeting that the item should not have been taken up by the Administrative Committee in the first place and therefore, needed to be removed from Tuesday’s agenda. However, Supervisor John Guarisco disagrees, saying he feels it’s not specifically a Public Services issue and was, in fact, an appropriate matter to be taken up by the Administrative Committee.
Mattison says Guarisco could choose to take the matter to the County’s Executive Committee if he doesn’t want it handled solely by the Public Services Committee. The resolution is expected to be discussed again at the Public Services Committee meeting in January.