- Holton Township, in Muskegon County, has passed a second amendment resolution
- The move made the city of 2,500 residents a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’
- Holton residents can now join their own militia
A Michigan township has formed its own militia to protect the Second Amendment rights of its 2,500 citizens.
Holton Township, in Muskegon County, passed a Second Amendment resolution Tuesday evening declaring itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”
The resolution included an addendum for the creation of their own militia.
Under the changes, all legal residents with a primary residence in Holton now have the option to join the militia, but must comply with federal firearms controls.
The city said they are adopting policies “necessary for the safety and rights of the residents of Holton Township.”
The Holton Township Board passed the legislation, with four board members agreeing to the change. City Clerk Malinda Pego is seen above
The resolution (photo) established the city as a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’
“The residents of Holton Township, through their duly elected members of the Holton Township Board, hereby designate Holton Township as a Second Amendment Sanctuary to preserve for the residents of, on and in Holton Township the unalienable rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America,” the resolution reads.
“The Holton Township Board hereby declares that it intends to oppose any infringement on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
“We, the people of Holton Township, do hereby declare our unalienable rights, our liberty and our liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.”
The addendum laid down the conditions for residents who wanted to join the militia.
Residents must be over 18 years old, pass a federal firearms background check and state on open social media or by letter that they want to join the militia.
The addendum also says the city will not recognize any new laws related to red flag laws.
A red flag law is a prevention law that allows a state order to temporarily remove a person’s firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others.
Those wishing to join must also provide their own firearms and all weapons must be legal under federal law as of March 2021.
Holton Township, in Muskegon County, passed a second amendment resolution Tuesday evening, seen here at the town hall
The municipality now has its own militia that residents can join, subject to background checks, details of which are listed above.
The Holton Township Board approved the legislation, with four council members agreeing to the change, while Treasurer William Halbower was absent from the vote.
Supervisor Alan Jager, Trustee Tammy Jager, Trustee Chris Thompsen and Clerk Malinda Pego all supported the move.
Holton is not the first community to declare itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary.
In 2019, the Lake County Commission in central Florida passed a resolution to protect residents from having their assault weapons taken away by state law.
Commissioner Josh Blake, who introduced the resolution, said the move was in response to mandatory gun buyback proposals made by some Democratic presidential candidates during their efforts to win the party nomination.
“It doesn’t mince words, and I hope it sends a message to what can best be described as the authoritarian control freaks who see it as their job to disarm their fellow citizens by force,” he said.