Local law enforcement weighs in on gun controls and overreach at Marco Island Town Hall meeting

Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter, left, and Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk answer questions from residents Tuesday during a Second Amendment Town Hall held at the Marco Presbyterian Church and sponsored by the Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter, left, and Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk answer questions from residents Tuesday during a Second Amendment Town Hall held at the Marco Presbyterian Church and sponsored by the Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

A Naples father asks Chief Don Hunter and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk where they would stand on enforcing changes to federal weapons laws. He is seated with his two children who also attended Tuesday’s Second Amendment Town Hall sponsored by the Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

A Naples father asks Chief Don Hunter and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk where they would stand on enforcing changes to federal weapons laws. He is seated with his two children who also attended Tuesday’s Second Amendment Town Hall sponsored by the Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Bob Harden meet before convening the Second Amendment Town Hall meeting Tuesday at the Marco Presbyterian Church. Harden moderated the event on gun control issues. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Bob Harden meet before convening the Second Amendment Town Hall meeting Tuesday at the Marco Presbyterian Church. Harden moderated the event on gun control issues. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

KrisAnne Hall, an attorney and former Florida prosecutor, describes federal government actions as overreach Tuesday through the words of the U.S. Constitution. Hall was the guest speaker at a Second Amendment Town Hall sponsored by the Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

KrisAnne Hall, an attorney and former Florida prosecutor, describes federal government actions as overreach Tuesday through the words of the U.S. Constitution. Hall was the guest speaker at a Second Amendment Town Hall sponsored by the Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

— Coming on the heels of a unanimous vote for Second Amendment support by Collier County Commissioners, the mood Tuesday night at Marco Island’s Second Amendment Town Hall was empowered.

The Collier County Commission vote came just one week after a watershed vote by Marco Island’s City Council. Both bodies approved resolutions supporting constitutional rights provided by the Second Amendment.

The two resolutions contained some differences, with nullification of federal law being conspicuously absent from the county version.

The county also clarified it would use it powers to “resist or overturn” federal gun measures if deemed unconstitutional. The Marco version says no city resources will be used if established constitutional rights are impinged.

At the Town Hall, Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter outlined their obligations as law enforcement officers. Both agreed they held constitutional offices.

The event, held at the Marco Presbyterian Church, was sponsored by the Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance. Radio talk show host Bob Harden was its moderator.

The public asked to what length local law enforcement would go under Federal mandates.

Rambosk assured the group he would not use resources under his authority to violate the Constitution. Hunter agreed and added that current efforts by the executive branch to extend restriction on firearms did not affect Marco Island. He pointed to other government levels in place to make sure laws were constitutional.

Both men agreed they would not participate in confiscation of weapons from homes without due process. In addition, they said they would not actively enter a firing range or attend a competitive shooting event with the intent of confiscating weapons.

Rambosk said the last thing that should concern parents is a firearm at school. Instead, he said, things happening at schools long before a shooting hold the key to prevention. After a shooting and in hindsight, he said, law enforcement finds there were clues and behaviors known to students or others that could have prevented tragedy but were not heeded.

When asked if he would stand between a Federal agent and a gun owner, Hunter explained there was no separation between federal and state or local law officers. Other than under martial law, all three would be required to follow due process, he said, and generally work together to control crime rather than for separate purposes.

Hunter warned that no matter how many anecdotes President Barack Obama gave about injuries from guns, there were “a million more anecdotes” of people protecting themselves with firearms.

Rambosk believed that limiting the number of rounds would not limit the actions of a person using bullets. He also felt it would make bad law since it would be unenforceable.

After questions to law enforcement, KrisAnne Hall, an attorney and former Florida prosecutor, presented an overview on the nature of a Republic and the framing of the U.S. Constitution. She created a case against overreach by federal government using the writings of early statesmen.

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August8 writes:

Excellent, both men are really great examples of god law enforcement and the communities should be proud to have them as represenatives of local law enforcement.

ajm3s writes:

in response to August8:

Excellent, both men are really great examples of god law enforcement and the communities should be proud to have them as represenatives of local law enforcement.

Very impressed to hear the references to studies showing the relationship of gun control policy and actual crime. Including studies using data collected by the federal government.

Its refreshing to know local and county law enforcement leadership understands gun control with a clear and wide perspective, without the emotional trimmings being offered in the entertainment news media.

August8 writes:

in response to ajm3s:

Very impressed to hear the references to studies showing the relationship of gun control policy and actual crime. Including studies using data collected by the federal government.

Its refreshing to know local and county law enforcement leadership understands gun control with a clear and wide perspective, without the emotional trimmings being offered in the entertainment news media.

Yes, but you did not mention the Obama Administration which is a more severe contradiction.
Excuse me if I for forgot to capitalize his name, oops.

ajm3s writes:

in response to August8:

Yes, but you did not mention the Obama Administration which is a more severe contradiction.
Excuse me if I for forgot to capitalize his name, oops.

I have been accused of being too wordy in my comments, so I intentionally omitted Obama and his administration because it IS the entertainment news media.

RayPray writes:

"current efforts by the executive branch to extend restriction on firearms did not affect Marco Island."

>>> How about adding a little Viagra to the drinking water here along with the Florine. That should go far to ameliorate the fever displayed by our old geezers for assault weapons on this quasi-war-zone island.

RayNetherwood writes:

RayPray you're smarter than this. Your firearms going out and randomly discharging themselves??

Be happy the old geezers aren't the "sheep" found elsewhere.

RayPray writes:

in response to RayNetherwood:

RayPray you're smarter than this. Your firearms going out and randomly discharging themselves??

Be happy the old geezers aren't the "sheep" found elsewhere.

"Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen."

---Pretty Boy Floyd, Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

>>> While these 'patriots' go running around, waving their rifles, our Great OBAMA will be laughing and repeatedly robbing them using his pen....

RayNetherwood writes:

Pretty durn dismal, I'd say. :o)

August8 writes:

in response to ajm3s:

I have been accused of being too wordy in my comments, so I intentionally omitted Obama and his administration because it IS the entertainment news media.

That is exactly why your posts are worthy of reading, good job!!!

gladesgator writes:

This is all a big joke. Many of the constitutional provisions are to prevent abuses by law enforcement. If our law enforcement officials really want to uphold the constitution they can start by avoiding unreasonable search and seizure operations.

Someone of you that make the gushy post please tell me how the right to keep assault weapons will keep you free from oppressive government.
keep you free from oppresive government.

August8 writes:

in response to gladesgator:

This is all a big joke. Many of the constitutional provisions are to prevent abuses by law enforcement. If our law enforcement officials really want to uphold the constitution they can start by avoiding unreasonable search and seizure operations.

Someone of you that make the gushy post please tell me how the right to keep assault weapons will keep you free from oppressive government.
keep you free from oppresive government.

I will try to be gushy with you. Search and seizure, well the law is very specific if you had a DUI that you think is unfair, complain or tell the judge or as a last resort read the law it's easy.
I enjoy my AR15, why in the name of left wing senseless politics should I give it up or agree to go on one of their spooky lists, talk about search and seizure.

ajm3s writes:

in response to gladesgator:

This is all a big joke. Many of the constitutional provisions are to prevent abuses by law enforcement. If our law enforcement officials really want to uphold the constitution they can start by avoiding unreasonable search and seizure operations.

Someone of you that make the gushy post please tell me how the right to keep assault weapons will keep you free from oppressive government.
keep you free from oppresive government.

It wasn't a joke in 1947!

It can take the form of a battle in a small American town named after a city in Greece that held democracy at its core.

I will say it till I am blue in the face. Guns provide overwhelming power of persuasion when conversations and actions can get out of control.

http://constitution.org/mil/tn/batath...

And I have unlimited faith that Americans legally possessing guns are quite a force just by virtue of raising the tenor of the conversation, sometimes without a shot.

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