COLLIER COUNTY, FL - "The Second Amendment, a well-regulated militia being necessary for the security of the free state, the rights to the people shall not be infringed to keep and bear arms. I mean that's very clear," said Keith Flaugh.
Marco Island resident Keith Flaugh said the Second Amendment is a state's issue.
"We want our Governor and our Florida legislature, as many other states are doing, to stand up and prevent federal overreach for the citizens who live in our state and our local environment," said Flaugh.
Flaugh is a member of the Southwest Florida Citizen's Alliance. He said one goal is to protect the right to bear arms. Tonight, in Marco Island, the group will present a resolution to do just that, to prevent the federal government from impacting what the local level says about gun rights.
"To encourage the Governor and the legislature, to strengthen that, to stop the overreach because the critical issue is the federal government doesn't have that authority unless we become lazy," said Flaugh.
Marco Island City Councilman Larry Sacher said while he's a supporter of the Second Amendment, he doesn't support the decision being made at the local level.
"I don't believe that is the responsibility of the City Council of Marco Island, nor do I believe it is appropriate for us to spend time on it," said Sacher.
Council Chairman Joe Batte says he's concerned the government doesn't limit a person's right to protect themselves or bear arms. And he said his job is to listen and to consider the concerns of his constituents.
"You have to answer either yes or no, you can't say 'Well, that's not something we deal with locally,'" said Batte.
The group will propose this resolution to the Naples City Council and the Collier County Board of Commissioners. They will also hold two Second Amendment town hall meetings. The first is on Tuesday, February 26th from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Marco Presbyterian Church and will include discussions from the Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and the Marco Island Police Chief, Don Hunter. The second is on Wednesday, February 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 at the River Park Community Center.