A group of Oscoda County activists are looking for local government leaders to support a resolution that they say protects their right to bear arms.
T his group of gun rights activists have already been turned away once by the Oscoda County Board of Commissioners and now they are rallying support to try again.
Earlier this month, four out of five County Commissioners would not sign a symbolic resolution to support the second amendment.S imilar resolutions have already been passed by Cheboygan and Presque Isle county boards
" When you see that other counties in the state of Michigan are passing similar resolutions it kind of gives you the yearning that this is a mandatory thing that us as citizens should be standing up for rights," Doug Davis Jr., 2nd amendment activist said.
D avis and others first took this resolution to the six townships in the county and got half of them to support it. Then it was onto the board of commissioners, where their idea was turned away.
O nly one commissioner vocally stood up for the movement.
" I would sign it any day , it's no harm no conflict I'm not committing myself to do any harm all I'm saying is we need it and we need to keep it," Larry Wilson, Oscoda County Commissioner said.
B oard of Commissioners Chairman John Kischnick said that it was not the county's duty to sign the resolution and he said that he and other elected officials already vowed to protect the constitution when taking oath.
" If they cannot make that affirmation that we are proud of that flag for which it stands that you can have the freedom and I can have the freedom then you should not be in the position you are in ," Frank Beek, 2nd amendment activist said.
T he group says that as a result of this debate , they have developed an organization called the Oscoda County Gun Owners Association. They already have more than 150 county residents signed up.