12/11/2019- Florence County was first, but Marinette County could be next in line to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary County in Wisconsin. The Public Services Committee was asked to consider a resolution Tuesday opposing the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. Supervisor John Guarisco introduced the matter and says it’s a proactive measure that would send a message to lawmakers in Madison and beyond that firearm ownership is part of the way of life here in Marinette County and residents aren’t willing for forfeit that.
“I am not a big believer in sanctuary cities or sanctuary anything. I understand that the laws that are passed on the higher levels are for everybody. However, this resolution is simply something addressing, in my opinion, Madison, telling them that we do rely a lot on firearms up in Marinette County- that’s it’s part of livelihood and part of our tradition and heritage. It’s something that I’d like to see us pass simply because I believe our constituents would want us to pass it.”
Still, with no pending legislation to restrict the private possession of ammunition or firearms on the table, some committee members, including Supervisor Glen Broderick, felt the resolution was premature.
“I don’t really think this is a good idea. We have a system of government to determine whether laws are constitutional or not… and I think by passing this resolution it would make Marinette County seem like a rogue county and I don’t think we need to do that.”
Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve is indifferent on the matter and says a formal resolution is not necessary for his department to exercise sound discretion when it comes to enforcing any law. The committee agreed to postpone any action on the resolution and will take up the topic again at their meeting next month.