Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says he might call a second special session on gun control, even though the first special session was gaveled out by Republicans after less than a minute, and lawmakers have made it clear that they’re not going to vote on the governor’s anti-gun agenda. On Tuesday, Florence County, in the far northeast reaches of the state, sent a message to Madison and Governor Evers of their own: we will not comply.
Mark Kerznar, owner of Saloon No. 2 in Spread Eagle, said he approached the county about becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary after hearing Evers wanted a “red flag” law — which would gives judges the power to take weapons away from people deemed to be a threat to themselves or others — and universal background checks.
“The governor is not a friend of the Second Amendment,” Kerznar said.
Gun control advocates in Madison described the bills as moderate proposals that most Wisconsin residents support.
At the Florence meeting, Kerznar’s proposal had a receptive audience of at least 75 people, plus a sympathetic board.
“We don’t need to give any more authority to Madison,” Supervisor Edwin Kelley said to open the debate Tuesday.
Not that there was much debate. All who spoke Tuesday urged the board to pass the measure, which it did unanimously to applause from those who filled the Florence County courtroom.
Okay, let’s all take a second to appreciate the fact there’s a place called Spread Eagle, Wisconsin.