Extreme gun rights activists have put forward a "Second Amendment Sanctuary" resolution for consideration by Aroostook County's Board of Commissioners. The goal? To have Aroostook County declare that federal and state gun safety laws don't apply in its communities.
Intended as a political message that responds to commonsense gun safety legislation that is being advanced across the country, the resolution attempts to prevent using tax-funded resources to implement and enforce gun safety measures. In effect, the individuals behind this resolution are seeking to stop county personnel, including the Sheriff's and District Attorney's Offices, from enforcing any law that is perceived to infringe on these rights.
While legally, the resolution is toothless, it creates significant confusion for County employees and perpetuates fears and conspiracy theories about reasonable gun safety legislation that would save lives here in Maine. It is deeply rooted in racism. And it ignores the fact that we already have robust rules and processes in place -- the Constitution and our court system - to ensure that our duly-elected legislators pass and enact laws that are constitutional.
Join us in telling the County Commissioners that this legislation undermines both public safety and the rule of law.