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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.”

Polk County on road to becoming 2nd Amendment sanctuary

Polk County Commission will consider becoming a sanctuary county for gun rights under the Second Amendment

Polk County, Florida – 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County

https://www.theledger.com/news/20191217/make-polk-gun-sanctuary-commission-will-look-into-it

Polk County Commissioner John Hall wants to make the county a Second Amendment sanctuary, part of a nationwide movement against proposed restrictive gun laws.

BARTOW – The Polk County Commission will consider becoming a sanctuary county for gun rights under the Second Amendment.

The commission on Tuesday instructed County Attorney Michael Craig to research the relevant law and to present his findings at a future meeting. Craig told The Ledger after the meeting he expects to complete his research and present his findings to the commission at its Jan. 3 or Jan. 17 agenda review meeting.

Commissioner John Hall requested Craig look into a sanctuary measure because he feels Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution are threatened by recent efforts for tighter restrictions on gun possession and ownership. Those efforts appear to be gaining momentum recently after well publicized mass shootings in recent years.

“Every time a deranged person picks up a gun and kills people, those of us who are legal gun owners come under attack,” Hall told The Ledger after the meeting. “We should defend the rights of our citizens on all constitutional rights.”

Other commissioners agreed to have Craig research this issue with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

Chairman Bill Braswell said he didn’t know whether such a sanctuary measure is necessary but agreed to have the commission look at Craig’s findings. Commissioners Martha Santiago and Rick Wilson agreed.

“I think of this as political theater,” Commissioner George Lindsey said. “This seems to be a solution looking for a problem.”

The Second Amendment sanctuary movement appears to have gained momentum as a backlash against the movement for more restrictive gun laws.

In Virginia, for example, more than 40 local governments passed such measures after control of its legislature passed from Republicans to Democrats last month, according to a Dec. 11 story in USA Today. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has said he would support measures such as universal background checks for gun purchases, limits on the sale of certain types of firearms and a so-called “red flag” law allowing authorities to take guns from persons posing a danger to themselves or others, as determined by a court.

The various sanctuary measures adopted so far vary widely in scope and impact, according to internet research by The Ledger.

Some measures, such as a resolution passed by the Lake County Commission on Nov. 5, go no further than declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary and its support for those rights. The Ledger obtained a copy of that resolution.

Other measures go a step further and declare county officials will not cooperate with federal or state law enforcement authorities carrying out gun restrictions they consider unconstitutional.

That’s similar to the stance taken by some local governments over cooperating with federal officials enforcing immigration laws considered too harsh or illegal. That gave rise to the term “sanctuary city” or county.

Most Second Amendment sanctuary measures fall along these lines.

But a few, including some Virginia localities, declare their right to nullify any state or federal gun laws they consider unconstitutional, according to a Dec. 11 article on the news site Slate.com.

Hall told The Ledger he favored a nullification measure if the Legislature or Congress passed a gun law he considered unconstitutional.

He would not advocate nullifying a law found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, Hall said.

“The Supreme Court will be the ultimate decider of the Constitution,” he said.

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said he was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and advocates that citizens carry concealed weapons through the state’s licensing process.”

But he said he could not support a local law that instructed him to ignore state and federal gun laws.

“State and federal laws always supersede a county ordinance,” Judd told The Ledger. “What I would do as a law enforcement officer is enforce the laws of the state of Florida and the United States of America.”

Judd said he has reviewed dozens of Second Amendment sanctuary laws across the country and agreed they fall along the three categories outlined above.

Hall distinguished between Second Amendment and immigration sanctuary measures because the latter involved people breaking the law to enter and reside in the U.S., he said.

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RALLY CRY – Walmart under assault

Support Walmart and the 2nd Amendment – This weekend

Support Walmart and the 2nd Amendment – This weekend

Saturday, August 10th the anti-gun Left will be conducting a protest at the Coral Springs, Florida Walmart to protest Walmart’s sale of guns and ammunition.

You do NOT have to march, hold signs or publicly protest in anyway.

No matter where you live in the country, 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. Vote with your $$$$$.

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

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Florida – Hardening The Soft Target, Not So Much

Repeatedly, it is demonstrated that it is the on scene, immediate responder that either mitigates the assault or totally thwarts the attack.

On May 5th, an article was posted here regarding the 2019 Florida Legislature’s failure to allow private schools and places of worship, that have a licensed school campus on their property, to arm themselves or hire private armed security to protect their lives and the lives of those who attend school or other activities on their property.

On May 7th an article was published on TownHall.com, by John R. Lott, Jr., titled: Armed Guards at Houses of Worship Is Not Enough addressing the very subject of hardening the soft targets (places of worship and schools) against an armed assailant.

Against all rational thinking the 2019 Florida Legislature failed the citizens of Florida. While broadening the protection of public school students, allowing teachers to be trained and armed, the Florida Legislature left both those students who attend private schools and young people and adults alike, who attend school or worship services on property owned by faith based organizations and shared with a school campus, to the wolves.

Under current Florida law, private school campuses remain gun free zones. That means gun free zones at ALL times, even when classes are NOT in session, i.e., Saturdays, Sundays, summer break.

Against all rational thinking the 2019 Florida Legislature failed the citizens of Florida. While broadening the protection of public school students, allowing teachers to be trained and armed, the Florida Legislature left both those students who attend private schools and young people and adults alike, who attend school or worship services on property owned by faith based organizations and shared with a school campus, to the wolves.

Yesterday, Tuesday, May 7th another school shooting occurred. This time in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. 8 students were shot, with one being killed. It was not a school guardian or a law enforcement school resource officer that stopped the attack. Rather, it was a fellow, unarmed student, on scene who tackled one of the assailants curtailing the assault.

It has been repeatedly demonstrated that it is the on scene, immediate responder that either mitigates the assault or totally thwarts the attack. Law enforcement only arrives after the shots have been fired and wounded and lifeless bodies are strewn on the ground.

The Florida Legislature needs to be made to know that the lives of those who attend private schools and places of worship are just as valuable as those who work in and attend public schools.

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3 seconds will determine . . .

Sheriff Grady Judd:  ” . . . a perfect stand your ground.”

Licensed concealed carry good guy takes out bad guy during a “domestic violence” road rage incident.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd:  ” . . . a perfect stand your ground.”

A long standing axiom, known and taught by those in the self-defense arena, was affirmed by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, during a press conference Wednesday, August 29th, regarding a fatal, self-defense shooting in Winter Haven, Florida.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd affirms that 3 seconds will determine who survives a deadly threat and who will not.   Sheriff Grady Judd:  “You see how quickly you have to make a decision on whether you live or whether you die.

3 seconds will determine if you are the one who makes the 911 call or the one who is carried away in a black body bag.

 

 

 

 

Friends of NRA Dinner & Auction

Family Friendly Event
Proceeds go to fun youth shooting sports programs.

In-Gauge of Polk County is once again working in cooperation with the Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA in putting on its 23 Annual Dinner & Auction . . . .

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This year’s event will take place Saturday, March 3rd at the Lake Eva Banquet Hall, Haines City, Florida, doors open at 6:00 PMAdvanced ticket sales only.  No tickets will be sold at the doorTicket price:  $65   Admission includes catered, premium, steak dinner, participation in all games and auction.

This is a family friendly event where kid are welcome and those under 12 eat for FREE.  Free kid games will be available.

To obtain tickets, become a sponsor or further information contact . . . 

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All proceeds go to fund youth shooting sports programs, i.e., Boy Scouts of America, 4-H Clubs, Future Farms of America, Junior ROTC shooting programs.

Our youth is the future of America.

 

 

 

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Krisanne Hall – Appearing November 14th

In-Gauge of Polk County is proud to host KRISANNE HALL, constitutional attorney, author, talk show host and speaker  KrisAnne 00   at its monthly meeting Tuesday, November 14th, in Winter Haven, Florida.

 

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Admission is FREE with pre-registration ticket ONLY

Seating is limited and ticket distribution will last until the quota has been met.

Tickets can be obtained using EVENTBRITE.

 

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Visit Krisanne Hall’s website at:  http://krisannehall.com/

Obtain tickets for Krisanne’s appearance November 14th at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/krisanne-hall-speaking-on-the-us-constitution-and-the-2nd-amendment-tickets-36253496183