A mid-Michigan Republican state representative is pushing a series of resolutions at local and state levels he says will protect residents’ Second Amendment freedoms, Michigan Advance reported.
This includes House Resolution 219, spearheaded by Rep. Gary Eisen, R-St. Clair Township. The resolution would declare Michigan a “sanctuary state” for gun owners, and “fully affirm its support of the rights ensured and protected by the constitutions of the United States and Michigan, including the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.”
Eisen introduced a similar resolution in St. Clair County, but received some pushback from commissioners, who worry it would be confused with the term “sanctuary city” as it relates to immigration, according to the Lansing news site. Sanctuary cities limit their cooperation with some federal authorities in their enforcement of immigration law. Eisen draws a clear distinction:
“Many feel that the word sanctuary was hijacked by cities for the illegal aliens and stuff,” Eisen said. “It’s a good word, but it just got kind of turned around, with the illegal sanctuary cities and stuff.”
Eisen also introduced house House Resolution 227, a similar bill which calls for the state Legislature to ratify a citizen’s rights to bear arms. Neither resolution made it to the House Judiciary Committee agenda.
Rep. Beau LaFave co-sponsored both resolutions. LaFave recently made headlines after he open-carried one of his weapons at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address and had the gun stolen from his home the following weekend.