MARCO ISLAND — The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was in the crosshairs Monday at Marco Island’s City Council meeting.
Council considered a resolution to ask state and county governments to pass legislation nullifying implementation of federal gun regulations that infringe on private liberties.
They passed the motion 4-3, with Councilmen Larry Sacher, Larry Honig and Chuck Kiester opposed.
The resolution could place the City of Marco Island and federal government at odds. If implementation of federal law regarding gun restrictions required city resources, the resolution would deny those resources.
More than 100 residents spoke passionately on both sides of the issue. Councilman Amadeo Petricca said those in favor of the resolution persuaded his “yes” vote.
When the resolution was presented to council on Feb. 4, City Attorney Burt Saunders asked for time to study its language to protect the city and city employees. In the resolution passed Monday, Saunders removed language banning city employees from enforcing federal law on their own time.
With that language removed, Saunders said there was nothing to prohibit council from passing the resolution.
Councilmen who did not favor the resolution pointed to their oaths of office that require them to uphold the Constitution. They said they found the resolution redundant.
Keith Flaugh, of the conservative group Get Out of Our House, or GOOOH, said passing the resolution was council’s responsibility and not too big an issue for a small, local government.
“This is about protecting Second Amendment and God-given rights: the right of self-defense against crime and tyranny,” he said. “You should protect the life, liberty and property of those who hired you.”