MARCO ISLAND — 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.
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.