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Criminal defense attorney weighs in on "Second Amendment sanctuary" counties

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Posted at 9:39 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 22:40:49-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Criminal defense attorney Randall Levine says though some counties across Michigan are considering becoming "Second Amendment sanctuary" counties, there isn't any immediate threat to gun owners.

Proposals for resolutions to make a county a second amendment sanctuary have been made in Ionia and Newago counties.

Levine says current state laws and regulations regarding Concealed Pistol Licenses will still apply.

“Adherence to the criminal code will still be required,” Levine said.

In Michigan, you're allowed a CPL so long as you have a permit and are granted one. Levine says that doesn't change if a county becomes a second amendment sanctuary.

“The second amendment gives someone the right to bare arms, but that right is not unlimited,” Levine said.

The movement is largely symbolic, according to group organizers. Levine says the decision regarding whether or not a law that restricts the rights of gun ownership is constitutional is ultimately up to the court system.

“The second amendment gives a citizen the right to bare arms, but ultimately it’s the court’s decision that legislation that is passed that infringes on that right, can stand muster against the constitution,” attorney Randall Levine said.