space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Menominee Tennis Defeats Marquette
* Fourteen Under Wins Hunter's Glen Scramble
* Coleman Takes Volleyball Win Over St. Thomas Aquinas
* Coleman's Girls, Oconto Boys win at Lena C.C. Invite
* Peshtigo River Bowhunters Post Fall League Results

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Florence County Adopts Second Amendment Sanctuary Status

Issue Date: November 21, 2019

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Florence County made history by becoming the first Wisconsin County to adopt a resolution declaring itself a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County," and expressing opposition to any legislation "that would infringe Second Amendment Right of the people to keep and bear arms."

The action, by unanimous vote, drew a loud round of applause from the 75 persons who attended the special Florence County Board meeting following the 7 p.m. hearing on the annual budget. The only items on the agenda for that board meeting were adoption of the budget, tax levy and capital improvements plan, and adoption of Resolution 2-19-23 "for Florence County to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County."

The resolution was introduced at the request of Mark Kerznar, owner of Saloon No. 2 in Spread Eagle, who reportedly became alarmed after hearing Gov. Tony Evers wanted a "red flag" law, which among other things would give judges the power to take weapons away from people deemed to be a threat to themselves or others, and require universal background checks for gun owners and/or purchasers.

The resolution states:

"WHEREAS, the right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms for defense of Life, Liberty, and Property is regarded as an Inalienable Right by the People of Florence County, Wisconsin, and;

"WHEREAS, the People of Florence County, Wisconsin derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within Florence county using all types of firearms allowable under the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, and;

"WHEREAS, Florence County Board, being elected to represent the People of Florence County and being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, and;

"WHEREAS, the Wisconsin House of Representatives and the Wisconsin Senate, being elected by the People of the State of Wisconsin and being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, and;

"WHEREAS, any legislation considered by the Wisconsin State Legislature that would infringe the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and would ban the possession and use of any firearms, magazines, ammunition or body armor now employed by individual citizens of Florence County for defense of Life, Liberty and Property or would require a firearms owner I.D. card or tax the possession of firearms or ammunition within Florence County, Wisconsin;

"Be it resolved the people of Florence County, Wisconsin hereby declare it to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

"Be it further resolved the People of Florence County, Wisconsin affirms its support of the Sheriff to exercise sound discretion to not enforce against any citizen an unconstitutional firearms law.

"Be it further resolved that the Florence County Board will not appropriate any funds for any enforcement of unconstitutional laws against the People of Florence county, Wisconsin.

"NOW, THEREFORE, IT BE AND IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the People of Florence County, Wisconsin, do hereby oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the Right of the People to keep and bear arms and considers such laws to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful legislative authority."

After passage the resolution was signed by County Board Chair Jeanette Bomberg and County Clerk Donna Trudell.

Bomberg noted no one had spoken against the resolution, but many, including numerous members of the local VFW, had spoken in favor.

"I had chills when they were talking," said Bomberg, who has served 29 years on the board. "I probably would never shoot a gun in my life. But to have that taken away from my home, that should not be for the federal government, state government or local government to decide."

"The governor is not a friend of the Second Amendment," Kerznar said of his decision to ask County Board to support the resolution.

"We don't need to give any more authority to Madison," Supervisor Edwin Kelley said to open the debate Tuesday.

Supervisor Edwin Kelley, who has served as a supervisor since 1972, said attempts by Gov. Tony Evers to call for action on gun violence has made his constituents nervous. "That red-flag law " what benefit is that going to do anybody?" he asked. "It gives too much authority to the government. Just enforce the rules we have instead of increasing them more and more so that down the road weapons will be gone for future generations."

According to some supporters of "red flag" legislation, the proposals sponsored by Democrats are modeled on existing laws that allow firearms to be taken from people suspected of domestic violence.

Sheriff Dan Miller supported the resolution. He led off the comments, declaring, "I believe in God. I believe in guns." He said existing laws are enough to handle anyone who might commit a crime with a firearm. He noted that the sanctuary resolution spells out that the sheriff will be able to "exercise sound discretion to not enforce against any citizen an unconstitutional firearms law."

Miller, who is serving his first term as Florence County Sheriff, formerly was a deputy in the Marinette County Sheriff's Office. He said the County Board room was filled for the discussion, which is not usually the case, and no one spoke in opposition.

Aaron Volling, commander of Florence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3635, said veterans fought to preserve Constitutional rights.

Bomberg agreed, and observed that this nation's founders had great foresight to lock in gun rights in 1791.

"I have a right to keep and bear arms," declared Supervisor Holly Wahlstrom Stratton, who later added that dictatorships have always started with the government confiscating guns.

Passage of the anti-gun control resolution is a non-binding action, but signals state legislators that county officials may choose not to enforce any gun control laws that might manage to pass the state legislature.

Florence is the first county in Wisconsin to declare itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary County, but there are indications that other counties will follow suit. About half the counties in Illinois and all counties in Idaho, Wyoming and other states have taken similar positions.

Gov. Tony Evers' recent call for a special session of the State Legislature on "red flag" gun control proposals was gaveled down by Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

A "red flag" law could give judges the power to take weapons away from people deemed to be a threat to themselves or others, and could require universal background checks for gun owners.

"The governor is not a friend of the Second Amendment," Kerznar said.

The Florence county resolution was seen as somewhat of a push-back to the red-flag legislation supported by the governor and several lawmakers. The red flag law gives power to the sheriff to confiscate a person's weapons if they're deemed dangerous.

By declaring itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary County, the Florence County Board issued notice that the citizens would follow the laws that are deemed constitutional, given and set by the county.

You could tell by the full county board room that the resolution had a lot of support, Sheriff Miller commented, adding that a full board room is not usually the case.

Sheriff Miller added that the resolution doesn't mean firearms will not be taken away from convicted felons or in criminal cases, including those involving domestic violence or drugs.

Gun control advocates described the "red flag" bills as moderate proposals that most Wisconsin residents support.

Several other Wisconsin counties reportedly have already contacted Florence County officials to express interest in passing similar resolutions. 


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
09-16-2020Front Page
Memorial Walk On Sept. 11 Draws Over 150 Participants

09-16-2020Front Page
Peshtigo Seeks Solutions For Sludge Disposal, Sewer Lines

09-16-2020Front Page
Peshtigo Town Board Hears Agenda Requests

09-16-2020Front Page
Suspect Held On $500,000 Bail, Victim Still Critical

09-16-2020Front Page
Peshtigo Council Special Meet Thursday, Sept. 17

09-16-2020Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board To Meet Sept. 21

09-16-2020Community - Coleman
Hillside North Food Pantry Hosts Rummage Sale Sept. 19

09-16-2020Community - Coleman
Lena School Board Hears Plans For The Fall Sports

09-16-2020Community - Crivitz
New Owner Of Peshtigo River Inn Explains New Uses To Town Board

09-16-2020Community - Crivitz
Village of Crivitz Plans Grant Tractor Purchase

09-16-2020Community - Wausaukee
Welsch Family Recognized for 50+ Years Tree Farm

09-16-2020Community - Wausaukee
Wausuakee Blood Drive Monday, Sept. 28

09-16-2020Obituaries
John Arger

09-16-2020Obituaries
Sherman Thomas Baker

09-16-2020Obituaries
Gregory J. Bohan

09-16-2020Obituaries
Grant K. Bright

09-16-2020Obituaries
Jean Frank

09-16-2020Obituaries
Carol F. Hoida

09-16-2020Obituaries
Karl C. Jansen

09-16-2020Obituaries
James L. Konitzer

09-16-2020Obituaries
Raymond W. Marquardt

09-16-2020Obituaries
Edward Myers

09-16-2020Obituaries
Kenneth B. Myers

09-16-2020Obituaries
John J. Neville

09-16-2020Obituaries
Gary Rassmussen Sr.

09-16-2020Obituaries
Lawrence E. Thull

09-16-2020Obituaries
Marjorie M. Zeitler

09-16-2020Perspectives
Country Cousin

09-16-2020Perspectives
From My Window

09-16-2020Perspectives
From our readers

09-16-2020Sports
Menominee Tennis Defeats Marquette

09-16-2020Sports
Fourteen Under Wins Hunter's Glen Scramble

09-16-2020Sports
Coleman Takes Volleyball Win Over St. Thomas Aquinas

09-16-2020Sports
Coleman's Girls, Oconto Boys win at Lena C.C. Invite

09-09-2020Front Page
Great Turnout

09-09-2020Front Page
ATV/UTV Use In Peshtigo Could Be Legal Next Week

09-09-2020Front Page
Fair Was A Success; County Is Promoting Fall Color Tour

09-09-2020Front Page
Town Of Peshtigo Has Closed Meeting

09-09-2020Front Page
Sheriff Reports Busy Labor Day Weekend

09-09-2020Community - Coleman
Pound Okays Licenses For WUMPA Truck Pull

09-09-2020Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility To Meet On Sept. 14

09-09-2020Community - Coleman
Coleman School Seeks Teacher For Special Ed

09-09-2020Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Board To Meet Sept. 10

09-09-2020Community - Crivitz
Vendors Wanted For Oktoberfest

09-09-2020Community - Crivitz
J&T Electric And Supply Cellcom Agent of the Year

09-09-2020Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Board Sets Meetings

09-09-2020Community - Wausaukee
Wausuakee Blood Drive Monday, Sept. 28

09-09-2020Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Legion To Meet Saturday

09-09-2020Community - Wausaukee
Legion Post 66 To Meet Sat.

09-09-2020Obituaries
Beverly E. Boerschinger

09-09-2020Obituaries
Donna L. Buechler

09-09-2020Obituaries
Leeland C. Diercks

09-09-2020Obituaries
Nick Kinziger

09-09-2020Obituaries
Joseph P. Lade

09-09-2020Obituaries
Dennis A. La Tour

09-09-2020Obituaries
Charles L. Nord

09-09-2020Obituaries
Gary A. Peterson

09-09-2020Obituaries
Diane M. Shroble

09-09-2020Perspectives
Country Cousin

09-09-2020Perspectives
From My Window

09-09-2020Perspectives
From our readers

09-09-2020Sports
Peshtigo River Bowhunters Post Fall League Results

09-09-2020Sports
Marinette Golfers Start Season With 3 Wins

09-09-2020Sports
Three Teams Share First at Hunters Glen Scramble

09-09-2020Sports
Gillett Runners Sweep Goodman-Pembine Invite

09-02-2020Front Page


09-02-2020Front Page
Expect Peshtigo Council To Finalize ATV/UTV Signage

09-02-2020Front Page
Brick Tiles Still Available For Fish Viewing Platform

09-02-2020Front Page
Niagara Church Associate Pastor Gets 20-Year Prison Sentence

09-02-2020Front Page
Lindsey Rysewek Is Back As Elderly Nutrition Coordinator

09-02-2020Community - Coleman
Suring Students Begin 2020-2021 School Year

09-02-2020Community - Coleman
Kickers Resume Line Dancing Sept. 9

09-02-2020Community - Coleman
Hillside North Food Pantry Hosts Rummage Sale Sept. 19

09-02-2020Community - Coleman
Coleman Schools Welcome Students Back

09-02-2020Community - Crivitz
Farmers & Flea Market Sept. 10 through Oct. 29

09-02-2020Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Monday, September 28th

09-02-2020Community - Wausaukee
Successful Year For School Program

09-02-2020Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Church Holds Rummage, Book, Bake Sale

09-02-2020Obituaries
Gerald A. Bake

09-02-2020Obituaries
Raymond J. Bertrand, Jr.

09-02-2020Obituaries
Doris J. Bousley

09-02-2020Obituaries
Shirley A. Philipps-Cloutier

09-02-2020Obituaries
Darlene M. DeCamp

09-02-2020Obituaries
Shane Erik Johnson

09-02-2020Obituaries
Frederic Kniskern

09-02-2020Obituaries
James R. Lemansky

09-02-2020Obituaries
Todd L. Motkowski

09-02-2020Obituaries
Leland Nicholas

09-02-2020Obituaries
Curtis C. Peterson

09-02-2020Obituaries
Lloyd H. Peterson

09-02-2020Obituaries
Keith R. Weber

09-02-2020Obituaries
Charles I. Weddel

09-02-2020Perspectives
Country Cousin

09-02-2020Perspectives
From My Window

09-02-2020Perspectives
From our readers

09-02-2020Sports
Marinette Tennis Team Drops Home Match With West DePere

09-02-2020Sports
Girl's Golf - Dufrane Claims First Coaching Victory, Wingender is Medalist

09-02-2020Sports
Two Aces Recorded at Hunter's Glen Scramble

09-02-2020Sports
Eleven Under Par Wins Hunter's Glen Scramble

08-26-2020Front Page
Wausaukee Gets $885,438 Community Center Grant

08-26-2020Front Page
Marinette County Fair Starts Thursday, Aug. 27

08-26-2020Front Page
Tempers Flair At Marinette Public Works Committee

08-26-2020Front Page
Marinette Co Fair Coronation To Take Place On August 27

08-26-2020Community - Coleman
Lego Show at Library Aug. 30

08-26-2020Community - Coleman
School Supplies Available From Coleman/Pound Lioness

08-26-2020Community - Crivitz
Rob Wenzel, Andrew Anderson Sworn In As Middle Inlet Fire Chief, Assistant Chief

08-26-2020Community - Crivitz
LNRD Annual Meeting Aug. 29 2-24-2

08-26-2020Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Board To Meet On Tractor Funding

08-26-2020Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Schools To Re-Open Sept. 1

08-26-2020Community - Wausaukee
WHS Class of ං Will Meet Sept. 12

08-26-2020Obituaries
Robert J. Blakeney

08-26-2020Obituaries
Michael Blish

08-26-2020Obituaries
Dorothy A. Cota

08-26-2020Obituaries
John A. Dory

08-26-2020Obituaries
Loren G. Gibson

08-26-2020Obituaries
Shawn M. Hagerty

08-26-2020Obituaries
Carl P. Heise, Jr.

08-26-2020Obituaries
Patricia A. Lohff

08-26-2020Obituaries
Sandra L. Leyo

08-26-2020Obituaries
William C. Mays

08-26-2020Obituaries
Elaine A. Olive

08-26-2020Obituaries
Ronald P. Pitroski

08-26-2020Obituaries
Debra A. Rasner

08-26-2020Obituaries
Robert Seguin

08-26-2020Obituaries
Rosemary E. Harris-Weissgerber

08-26-2020Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-26-2020Perspectives
From My Window

08-26-2020Perspectives
From our readers

08-26-2020Sports
Dufranes Claim Little River Couples Crown

08-26-2020Sports
Menominee Starts Volleyball Season With Bark-River Harris

08-26-2020Sports
Marking's Eagle Powers Team to Victory in Thursday's Scramble at Hunter's Glen

08-26-2020Sports
Crivitz Among 2019-20 WIAA Award of Excellence Recipients

08-19-2020Front Page
ADA Kayak Boat Launch Proposed Peshtigo River

08-19-2020Obituaries
City Council Approves ATV/UTV on Peshtigo Streets and Alleys

08-19-2020Front Page
BPM Inc Has Tentative DNR Okay For Wastewater Plan

08-19-2020Front Page
Furton Resigns From Road Committee At Town Meeting

08-19-2020Front Page
County Board To Meet August 25

08-19-2020Community - Coleman
Coleman Police Notify Sex Offender Release

08-19-2020Community - Coleman
Equity Elects Board Members, Announces September Events

08-19-2020Community - Coleman
Lego Show at Library Aug. 30

08-19-2020Community - Coleman
Lena Lions Hold Big Raffle Drawing

08-19-2020Community - Crivitz
American Legion Labor Day Trap Shoot Sept. 5

08-19-2020Community - Crivitz
To Hold Crivitz School Annual Meeting Aug. 26

08-19-2020Community - Wausaukee
WHS Class of ං Will Meet Sept. 12

08-19-2020Community - Wausaukee
Betty Betley is July 4th Parade Grand Marshal

08-19-2020Obituaries
Roger A. Baranowski

08-19-2020Obituaries
Julius C. Boerschinger

08-19-2020Obituaries
Wayne Duris

08-19-2020Obituaries
Sandra E. Greene

08-19-2020Obituaries
Dennis J. Harris


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you abide by Governor Evers mandate about wearing a mask?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2020
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites