ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - As of Tuesday night, Delta County is officially a Second Amendment sanctuary county.
This comes after a 3 to 2 vote by Delta County Commissioners at a regular Tuesday night meeting.
Delta County approving the symbolic resolution allows them to follow in the footsteps of a handful of others in the state.
"Five counties so far in the state of Michigan have done it," says commissioner David Moyle. "We're expecting another 18 in the next week or two."
Before the vote, dozens of community members took to the podium to declare their support or concerns during public comment in a standing room only courtroom.
However, this resolution is not an end-all, be-all. It is more symbolic than anything.
"It means everything but it means nothing. It's a symbolic resolution, it does not have the weight of law," says Moyle. "So people say well then why do it? Well, the Pledge of Allegiance is very symbolic, it doesn't have the weight of law, but we are very very fastidious about that. At least we should be."
The verbiage in the resolution states that "...the people of Delta County, Mich. affirm their support to the sheriff to exercise sound discretion to not enforce against any citizen unconstitutional firearms laws..."
The resolution will also be sent to state representatives in Lansing to show the county's stance on red flag laws that are being enacted in other states, should they come to Michigan.