BELFAST — A Belfast resident asked Waldo County Commissioners to consider making the county a Second Amendment sanctuary at their July 7 meeting.

Tom Crandall is a gun owner who thinks the Second Amendment is clear to some, but murky to others. He said the state’s constitution is very clear in giving gun rights to all citizens, unlike the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which is open to interpretation, he wrote in a note submitted to commissioners.

Under Article 1, Section 16, the Maine Constitution states, “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.” The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

Crandall liked the resolution Piscataquis County adopted to become a Second Amendment sanctuary and used some wording from that document, but edited it to be specific to Waldo County, he said. On June 15 Piscataquis County became the first county in New England to pass a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution, according to the website

Crandall’s resolution opposes any federal statutes, policies, laws or standards that infringe on the Second Amendment. It also states that commissioners recognize the sheriff’s discretion to refuse to enforce any potential federal mandate that infringes on the Second Amendment. Further, it commits the county not to support, financially or otherwise, any federal mandate that violates the Second Amendment.

He has been involved in Second Amendment activism for a long time, he said. There are residents in Waldo County who want to protect gun rights and he thinks many people support the resolution.

If this resolution is adopted, the commissioners would not be creating gun laws, which can only be passed at the state and federal levels. Crandall said this resolution would make it public that the county supports gun rights. “It sets the flavor of don’t tread on me,” he said, referring to a slogan from a Revolutionary War-era flag.

Crandall wants to be clear that he is requesting that the commissioners adopt the resolution, not demanding that they do so. He is concerned that in the future draconian measures could be adopted against gun rights.

“It (the resolution) might be symbolic, but I see it as being supportive of the constitutional language and the sheriff’s discretion, or his discretionary ability,” he said. “So, to me it’s more than symbolic, though symbolic it may be, but it’s something you can fall back on.”

Commissioner William Shorey declined to comment until the commissioners have a chance to discuss the request at a future workshop. Sheriff Jeff Trafton also declined to comment.