Polk County now a 2nd Amendment sanctuary county!

Polk County officially declares itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary.

Polk County joins 15 other Florida counties in becoming a 2nd Amendment sanctuary.

https://www.theledger.com/news/20200121/polk-declares-itself-2nd-amendment-sanctuary

Polk declares itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary

Jan 21, 2020

The Polk County Commission on Tuesday reversed course from its Friday meeting and approved a resolution affirming its support for gun rights, including language declaring the county a sanctuary.

BARTOW — Polk County is a Second Amendment sanctuary.

The Polk County Commission on Tuesday reversed course from its Friday meeting and approved a resolution affirming its support for gun rights, including language declaring the county a sanctuary.

The vote came after 12 people spoke out in favor of the sanctuary measure. Several commissioners also indicated they received phone calls and emails from gun-rights supporters over the weekend.

Although the commission could not take an official vote during its Friday workshop, four commissioners clearly indicated they had trouble with the sanctuary language while maintaining they supported Second Amendment rights. Only Commissioner John Hall supported the entire resolution, including the language declaring Polk a Second Amendment sanctuary.

That changed Tuesday as the commission initially voted 4-1 to approve the sanctuary resolution with Commissioner George Lindsey opposing it. Later, Lindsey asked for a reconsideration of the resolution and switched his vote to affirm the commission was unanimous in supporting the Second Amendment, he said.

“I don’t want this to be a divisive issue,” Lindsey said.

Commission Chairman Bill Braswell said he changed his mind because he hadn’t realized the word “sanctuary” was the label adopted by a Second Amendment movement.

“The word ‘sanctuary’ to some of us wouldn’t be our first choice,” he said. “When I hear ‘sanctuary,’ I think of ‘sanctuary city,’ and that’s bad.”

Braswell was referring to the sanctuary city movement asking local officials not to support some of President Donald Trump’s harsh immigration and deportation policies.

Commissioner Rick Wilson agreed he reacted against the word because of its association with immigration policies.

“I don’t like the word. I wish we could change it,” he said.

Yet Wilson and the other three commissioners declined to support Lindsey’s proposal to substitute “pro-Second-Amendment county” for “Second Amendment sanctuary.”

Before the first vote on the resolution, Lindsey said he opposed including the sanctuary language because one historical definition of the word is “immunity from the law.”

“That’s the part that bothers me,” he said. “I can’t do that if there’s an implied immunity from the law.”

Lindsey pointed out he supports the Second Amendment as a life member of the National Rifle Association, a handgun owner and holder of a state concealed weapons permit. But immunity from the law “is not what we stand for,” he said.

Several of the resolution supporters appeared motivated by the so-called “red flag” law passed by the Florida Legislature following the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

That law allows local law enforcement to seek a temporary court order, called a “risk protection order,” to seize firearms from persons it believes might use them against themselves or the community. Law enforcement can get an emergency order to seize weapons immediately followed by a final order at a court hearing within 14 days.

The law was passed because the Parkland shooter and many other perpetrators of mass shootings had shown behavioral signs of violence before the incidents.

“Polk County has a Second Amendment problem,” said Royal Brown III of Winter Haven, president of Winter Haven 912 Project, a gun rights group. “We lead the state in the use of the unconstitutional risk protection order, or RPO, which allows an ex parte seizure of firearms and ammunition without prior notification, without the right to be represented by a public defender and without due process based on a judge’s fear of what might happen in the future. This also violates the legal precedent of being innocent until proven guilty.”

Brown cited information from the Polk County Clerk of Courts office, which The Ledger also obtained.

The statistics show Polk did lead the state in seeking risk protection orders between March 2018 and October.

Polk sought 501 orders during that time followed by Pinellas County with 429 cases and Broward County with 393 orders sought. Only five other counties had more than 100 risk protection order cases during that time, and the state total was 2,933 cases.

The Clerk of Courts also reported a total of 525 risk protection cases filed in Polk from March 2018 through Nov. 20 with no additional state data.

Among those Polk cases, 15 petitions were denied an emergency order, or 3%. Among the 510 emergency protection orders granted, the court denied a final order in 49 cases, or 10%.

“We ask you to declare Polk County a Second Amendment sanctuary county and to be aware of the problems with the risk protection order, including conducting oversight of the RPO process until such time as it is challenged in the courts and declared unconstitutional or changed or deleted from law by the Florida Legislature,” Brown said.

Other speakers made more general arguments that the sanctuary language was needed to “send a message” to the Legislature and Congress on passing further gun restrictions. Several speakers warned of a looming socialist or communist threat to take away Second Amendment rights gradually.

“Florida came within 1% of becoming a socialist state,” said Glynda White, a Winter Haven 912 member, referring to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ narrow victory margin over Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum.

“The gun grabbers are coming,” said Danny Krueger of Lake Wales.

Bob Grimes of Lakeland compared the gradual diminution of gun rights to livestock being herded into a corral.

“What happens to sheep or cattle when they’re herded into a corral? They’re headed to slaughter,” he said.

After the meeting, Braswell told The Ledger the resolution was a symbolic affirmation of the Second Amendment because state law prohibits local government from passing any legislation dealing with firearms.

For that reason, he doesn’t anticipate the commission acting on any gun-related legislation, Braswell said. “I don’t think we have any authority there,” he said. “This today was a symbolic proclamation.”

Gun Ban & Confiscation

“… if you are arrested for using an assault weapon, you’re going to have an aggravated felony,”

The cat is out of the bag. What the Left really wants . . .
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand’s interview with CNN host Poppy Harlow, August 14, 2019
2020 Dems embrace federal gun buyback program

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand’s interview with CNN host Poppy Harlow, August 14, 2019

“I think we should ban assault weapons as well as large magazines. As part of passing that ban, do a buyback program across the country so that those who own them can be compensated for the money they spent,” Gillibrand said. “You don’t want people to retain [these firearms]. Because, if you make them illegal, you don’t want to grandfather in all the assault weapons that are all across America. You would like people to sell them back to the government.”

And then came the question of truth: what happens if people don’t freely give up their firearms? Poppy Harlow asked just that, positting if Gillibrand would support prosecute those who refuse to relinquish their firearms.

“So the point is, if you are arrested for using an assault weapon, you’re going to have an aggravated felony,” the embattled Democratic candidate said. “The whole point is when you make it a crime to own an assault weapon, then if you are found using it, that would be the issue. So it would just be part of your law enforcement in terms of what you have access to.”

Weekend of action planned to pressure Walmart to stop selling guns

Purchase something in your local Walmart’s sporting goods department this weekend.

A coalition of unions and organizations are staging rallies nationwide
Weekend of action planned to pressure Walmart to stop selling guns.
Why Walmart is under attack by the anti-gun Left . . . .

The retailer (Walmart) also released for the first time some of the data for its own gun sales: Walmart estimates it has a 2% share of the U.S. firearms market and 20% of ammunition sales.

Counter the Left’s protest against Walmart by making a purchase in the sporting goods department of your local Walmart this weekend.

If you shoot, hunt or go to the range, there is always something you can use.

In Support of The 2nd Amendment

Support Walmart and the 2nd Amendment – This weekend

Do something simple. Do something easy. Do something that provides immediate gratification.

Purchase something in the sporting goods department at your local Walmart Saturday, August 10th

The anti-2nd Amendment group March For Our Lives will be conducting a demonstration at the Coral Springs, Florida Walmart Saturday, August 10th, protesting Walmart’s sale of guns and ammunition.

You are not being asked to gather in counter protest. You are not being asked to march in the streets. You are not being asked to hold signs. You are not being asked to make phone calls or send letters.

You are simply being asked to make some sort of purchase in your local Walmart’s sporting goods department this weekend. Preferably Saturday, August 10th. If not Saturday, do it Sunday. But, make your purchase this weekend.

No matter where you live in the United States, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, this Saturday and Sunday go to YOUR local Walmart and simply buy a box of ammunition or some other firearm related merchandise.

Purchase that gun you were putting off buying. Purchase that gun for your nephew, grandson, husband or wife. Christmas is only 4 months away.

Even if it is a bit inconvenient, make that purchase this weekend! Let Walmart know we support them and the 2nd Amendment. Demonstrate with your wallet and your $$$$.

Show the anti-gun Left and the news media we are 2nd Amendment strong!

Support Walmart and the 2nd Amendment – This weekend

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Tallahassee – Big Pro Gun Rally

It happened Saturday, July 28th in the courtyard of the Florida Capital.

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While patriotic Americans, who support the defense of the 2nd Amendment, gathered in the courtyard of the State Capital, an opposing group, March for Our Lives gathered only blocks away.  Numbers for the two groups were similar.  However there was on striking difference between the two groups.

One group gathered to show support for the 2nd Amendment and every American’s right to self-defense and the other group gathered to gain support for their effort in restricting Floridians’ rights to own the firearm of his or her choice and self-defense.  One group wants to preserve every American’s Constitutional rights and the other group wants to have those rights eliminated. 

One group was entertained by live music, singers and dynamic speakers.  Opening ceremonies included the Pledge of Allegiance the live singing of the National Anthem, by Krystal Walters .   The other group marched in the street, after a closed-door, round-table conference, led in chants by organizers using megaphones.  At their rally site, attendees were entertained by angry speakers shouting political, anti-Constitution rhetoric and anti-gun talking points.

Which group was which, view the photos below and draw your own conclusion.

 

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By far the most powerful and motivating speaker at the rally – Mark Robinson . . . .

Click here to hear Mark’s July 28th Rally speech.

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