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Digging deeper: Second Amendment sanctuaries

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(WAOW) -- On Tuesday, the Merrill City Council voted in favor of a resolution declaring the city a Second Amendment sanctuary. In November, Florence County passed a similar resolution. Now, various cities, counties and towns across that state are considering Second Amendment sanctuary proposals. So, what is a Second Amendment sanctuary?

UWSP Political Science Professor Emeritus Ed Miller said, "a sanctuary city is generally a city that is protecting something." In this case, it's the Second Amendment.

Merrill's resolution reads "the citizens of Merrill are opposed to any legislation considered by the Wisconsin State Legislature that would infringe the right to keep and bear arms."

Miller said it's likely a reaction to stricter gun legislation, like red flag laws, proposed by Governor Evers in the past. However, that legislation was never even taken up by the state legislature.

While these proposals haven't been tested in court, Miller said they have no legal standing because ultimately state law would trump county or city measures.

Regardless, he said more of these types of sanctuaries are likely to continue popping up across the state.

Sarah McGrew

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