Anti-2A politicians try to be a crafty bunch. They work to pass gun control laws in spite of the Constitution. If the law that they pass goes to court, they’ll hope for one of the activist judges that they’ve been putting into place for decades to legislate from the bench and keep the gun control in place (instead of throwing out the gun control law, as all gun control laws should be). And if they can’t pass gun control into law, they’ll try to implement it another way such as by executive order.
We’ve seen it time and time again.
Which is why it’s no surprise that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer gleefully signed into place gun control laws in that state.
But one township there had a rather clever way to get around Whitmer and company’s gun control initiatives. Joseph Mackinnon writes,
A township in Muskegon County has declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary and created a maximally inclusive militia in hopes of protecting citizens’ constitutional rights from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s gun control laws.
Noting that board members will remain steadfast in upholding the the U.S. and Michigan constitutions and oppose “any law that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights of the citizens of Holton Township to keep and bear arms,” the resolution called for the technical establishment of a militia.
Accordingly, all legal residents with primary residency within the township who are 18 or older, capable of passing a federal firearms background check, and desire to do so can become a member of the Holton Township Militia simply by indicating their intent “on open media or to friends and or family or by letter.”
The resolution further claimed that admission into the militia protects various items from federal, executive, county and state regulations, including all federally permissible ammunition of any current caliber; all federally legal accessories, including stocks, grips, optics, magazines, clips, and suppressors; and body armor legal under federal law.
The motion passed with the support of all board members with the exception of the treasurer, who was not present, meaning Holton Township, 200 miles northwest of Detroit, will “not acknowledge any new laws that are associated with red flag laws, or any other infringement of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution” or “acknowledge any new regulation that prohibits open carry or concealed carry.”
To be fair, this situation may or may not protect members of that township’s militia from having their firearms stolen from them under state law. It hasn’t been challenged in court, yet, after all.
Still, with the militia in place, it does add a potential way to fight against gun control laws in court that could, potentially, be the difference that makes the difference even if you’re before an activist judge. Because it makes it harder for the judge to make the claim that a person can’t have a firearm because they aren’t part of a militia when they actually are part of a militia.