The McLeod County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 in front of a full house Tuesday morning to support a resolution that “will prevent federal infringement on the right to keep and bear arms; nullifying all federal acts in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
The McLeod County Chronicle reports Commissioner Jon Christensen brought the resolution to the County Board, saying that “nullification” is an act of pushing back when “the federal government expands law beyond the boundaries of the constitution.”
While all five commissioners indicated their support of the Second Amendment, the split vote was based on their interpretation of whether the County Board should wade into a federal and state issue.
County Attorney Mike Junge told the Board that its authority was created by state statute, and that it was tasked with administering county government, which should be its focus.
Junge said “There is nothing in the statutes that gives you the authority to be entering into this fight, and it’s one you should stay out of.” Junge argued that support of the County Board of the resolution could open the door to its participation in other issues, such as abortion, gay marriage and the gold standard.
Commissioner Ron Shimanski said that part of each commissioner’s oath office was a pledge to uphold the Constitution.
“We made a pledge to the Constitution, not to the laws, rules and statutes that came after it,” said Shimanski.
Commissioners Kermit Terlinden and Paul Wright, who both avowed that they are avid sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters, indicated that they did not feel that the County Board was the place to take on the issue.