- Holton Township, in Muskegon County, passed a Second Amendment Resolution
- The move established the town of 2,500 as a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’
- Holton residents can now sign up to their very own militia
A Michigan township has established its own militia to protect the Second Amendment rights of its 2,500 citizens.
Holton Township, in Muskegon County, passed a Second Amendment Resolution on Tuesday night establishing itself as a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’.
The resolution included an addendum establishing their very own militia.
Under the changes, all legal residents with primary residence within Holton now have the opportunity to join the militia but must adhere to federal firearm checks.
The town said they are adopting policies ‘necessary for the security and rights of Holton Township residents.’
‘The people of Holton Township, through their duly elected members of the Holton Township Board, hereby designate Holton Township as a Second Amendment Sanctuary in order to preserve for the people of, on and in Holton Township, the inalienable rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America,’ the resolution reads.
‘The Holton Township Board hereby declares its intent to oppose any infringement on the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
‘We, the people of Holton Township, hereby declare our inalienable rights, our freedom and our Liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.’
The addendum laid out conditions for residents wishing to join the militia.
Residents must be over the age of 18, have passed a federal firearms background check and state on open social media or by letter that they wish to join the militia.
The addendum also says that the township will not acknowledge any new laws that are associated with red flag laws.
A red flag law is a prevention law that permits a state order to have a persons firearms temporarily removed from them if they present a danger to themselves or others.
Those who wish to join must also provide their own firearms and all weapons must have been legal by federal law since March 2021.
The Holton Township Board passed the legislation with four members of the board agreeing with 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 backed the move.
Holton is not the first community to have declared themselves a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’.
In 2019, Lake County Commission in central Florida passed a resolution to protect residents from having their assault weapons taken away by state legislation.
Commissioner Josh Blake, who proposed the resolution, said the move was in response to mandatory gun buyback proposals made by some Democratic presidential candidates during their bids 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 forcibly disarm their fellow citizens,’ he said.