Kenosha voters to decide on demanding sanctuary state status

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Sanctuary status started with immigration but has now spilled over into the Second Amendment debate. There are numerous sanctuary counties throughout the nation and even a few sanctuary states here and there.


It’s been an interesting juxtaposition to see people who celebrated sanctuary cities giving shelter to illegal immigrants suddenly decrying the idea of communities deciding not to enforce certain laws–especially since Congress does have the power to decide immigration laws, but the Second Amendment forbids gun control.

Now, residents in Kenosha County, WI will have an opportunity to vote on whether they should demand their state join other sanctuary states or not.

Kenosha County voters will have the chance to let state legislators know whether to declare Wisconsin a Second Amendment sanctuary state come this fall.

The County Board voted 13-7 Tuesday night to approve a resolution with the advisory referendum question on the Nov. 8 election ballot. It asks: “Should the Wisconsin State Legislature declare the State of Wisconsin be a Second Amendment Sanctuary State?”

The majority favoring the question on the ballot were supervisors William Grady, Brian Thomas, Zach Rodriguez, Zach Stock, Chairman Gabe Nudo, Tim Stocker, David Geertsen, Amanda Nedweski, Monica Yuhas, Brian Bashaw, John Poole, Mark Nordigian and Erin Decker. Voting against the measure were supervisors Terry Rose, Jeffrey Gentz, Laura Belsky, Ed Kubicki, Daniel Gashke, John Franco and Aaron Karow.

The resolution and subsequent referendum question has its basis in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, according to co-authors, Poole and Decker.


Now, this is cool and all, but let’s be real about what this is.

This is, first of all, a non-binding resolution. In other words, it’s a glorified poll being conducted to decide what they should do.

Second, even if such a demand is issued, there’s no reason necessarily for lawmakers to listen.

Granted, Wisconsin isn’t exactly an anti-gun state by any stretch of the imagination. That doesn’t mean they’re going to embrace sanctuary state stutus.

After all, there’s a risk there.

Federal funding might end up being cut for various programs, money states often count on for things like law enforcement.

Yes, residents in Kenosha County will voice their opinions and all that, but no one in Wisconsin should get their hopes up on this one.

That said, it would be interesting to see Wisconsin become a sanctuary state. It’s not the kind of state where you’d imagine that happening, after all. Sure, their laws are fairly decent, all things considered–they’ve been shall issue for a while, for example, and have unpermitted open carry while having no assault weapon bans or other nonsense–but they’re not one of those states where you think of this kind of thing passing the legislature.


And even if it did, Gov. Tony Evers is a Democrat. That means he’s far more likely to veto such a measure.

While Republicans do have firm control of the legislature there, it’s not quite a veto-proof majority.

So Kenosha County will get their vote and it should be interesting to watch, but realistically, that’s about all we’re going to see.

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