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Monday February 1, at 10:00 a Public Hearing will be held. See the Vernon County Government website, VernonCounty.org for details.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the Vernon County Board of Supervisors will discuss and vote on a Second Amendment Preservation Resolution. The Law Enforcement Committee approved the Resolution April 9, 2020. The author's original intent was to hold a public hearing and afterwards bring the Resolution to a following County Board. meeting.
However, Covid-19 mandates and concerns caused delays during the summer of 2020. Then many Supervisors anticipated the Fall 2020 Full County Board Agenda would run to the early afternoon. Because there was a possibility the Wisconsin Covid-19 restrictions could be lifted, this Resolution was pulled and rescheduled for November 10, 2020, agenda, but requested to be postponed after the meeting started because while Public Participation was listed, there was not a scheduled time to start or stop Public Participation.
The 2 page Vernon County Second Amendment Resolution below has a couple of strike-through corrections, a paragraph move, and a new section about distribution to elected officials. These changes will be offered as 'friendly amendments' to the original resolution.
Please review the Resolution, and feel free to contact your respective Vernon County Supervisor prior to the February 2, 2021 County Board Meeting. The 'Contact' page on this website has a map and link to the Supervisors email and phone number. Please pass this information and web site to others who may be interested.
The resolution was drafted by Vernon County Supervisor Roger Call, District 18. The 2 paragraphs below were taken from other authors, summarizing reasons to support the Second Amendment .
There is a growing movement to support and preserve the 2nd Amendment in many parts of the U.S.A., including Wisconsin. Criminals that commit robbery, assault, homicide, or domestic violence must be prosecuted. Federal law prohibits possession of a firearm or ammunition by any person who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or involuntarily “committed to any mental institution. No federal law, however, requires states to report the identities of these individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database, which the FBI uses to perform background checks prior to firearm transfers.
But creating new Federal and State Laws that restrict law abiding gun owners or punish them if they keep their existing firearms or magazines is not the answer either. Criminals do not obey existing laws, so why would additional firearm restriction laws be obeyed by criminals? The burden would only fall on the law abiding citizens.
Line 48, ... punitive tax, does not mean no tax. Sales tax and an 11 percent excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition exists today. Created September 2, 1937, is commonly called the "Pittman-Robertson Act." It has been amended several times, and provides Federal aid to States for management and restoration of wildlife.
Also, this Vernon County resolution is uses the term Preservation, and not Sanctuary. Other County Resolutions have been written with a paragraph stating County Sheriffs and County Boards will not enforce or fund Legislation measures perceived as a violation of the Second Amendment. The Vernon County Second Amendment Resolution was drafted to ask Legislators to preserve the Second Amendment as written.
This is a link to a Wikipedia page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Amendment_sanctuary