2nd Amendment 'Sanctuaries'

multiple rural Illinois counties have passed resolutions establishing a so-called 'sanctuary' for gun owners I recently read an article by Tim Schmidt of the USCCA that I wanted to share with you. People are truly starting to say, enough is enough!

According to Fox News, "multiple rural Illinois counties have passed resolutions establishing a so-called 'sanctuary' for gun owners in a bid to thwart the state legislature's efforts to enact stricter gun control."

The Land of Lincoln, notorious for being one of the most gun-unfriendly states in the nation, apparently contains a large and vocal group of individuals across multiple counties who are opposed to the Democratic-controlled Legislature's proposed gun bills. According to David Campbell, vice chairman of the Effingham County Board, these counties "will instruct their employees to ignore the new laws [if they pass]."

As of Monday, there exist at least five self-proclaimed gun-rights sanctuaries, including Effingham, Iroquois, Jefferson, Perry and Saline Counties. Some 20 others have asked Campbell "for copies of his county's resolution."

"It's a buzzword, a word that really gets attention," Campbell said. "With all these sanctuary cities, we just decided to turn it around to protect our 2nd Amendment rights."

As The State Journal-Register explains, Campbell is referencing "so-called sanctuary cities such as Chicago that don't cooperate with aspects of federal immigration enforcement."

Bryan Kibler, Effingham County's top prosecutor and the man behind the idea, said, "We're just stealing the language that sanctuary cities use. We wanted to … get across that our 2nd Amendment rights are slowly being stripped away."

While some officials are calling the resolutions "symbolic" and have indicated that such resolutions are unlikely "to stop the state legislators from passing new gun-control measures," others believe the moves will — and should — cause a sense of worry among lawmakers.

According to The State Journal-Register, "Kibler … thinks the resolutions send the same message that cities like Chicago send by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. He said he won't speculate about how he'd deal with new gun restrictions that haven't been signed into law, but that legislators need to understand, 'If you pass it we might not pay attention to it.'"

Dave Workman of the Second Amendment Foundation considers the whole thing momentous and expressed as much: "If you've got four or five counties telling Chicago something, that's significant." He indicated that at least one other place — Deschutes County in Oregon — is looking to implement so-called "sanctuary" similar to that of the Illinois counties.

Of course, these counties are already receiving backlash, including some from Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Chicago, who sponsored much of the gun legislation currently on the table.

"I don't think you can say, 'I don't agree with the law so I won't enforce it,'" she said.

Monroe County Sheriff Neal Rohlfing disagreed: "The Sheriff's Department will not enforce any law that is deemed unconstitutional, nor will we infringe on … residents' 2nd Amendment."

There is no telling what will come to pass, but it's clear we have some strong supporters of gun owners, gun rights and the 2nd Amendment in Illinois. We should all be paying attention.

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