Skip to comments.Illinois counties declare 'sanctuary' status for gun owners
Posted on 05/07/2018 3:40:32 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
Several rural Illinois counties have taken a stand for gun rights by co-opting a word that conservatives associate with a liberal policy to skirt the law: sanctuary.
At least five counties recently passed resolutions declaring themselves sanctuary counties for gun owners a reference to so-called sanctuary cities such as Chicago that don't cooperate with aspects of federal immigration enforcement.
The resolutions are meant to put the Democratic-controlled Legislature on notice that if it passes a host of gun bills, including new age restrictions for certain weapons, a bump stock ban and size limit for gun magazines, the counties might bar their employees from enforcing the new laws.
"It's a buzzword, a word that really gets attention. With all these sanctuary cities, we just decided to turn it around to protect our Second Amendment rights," said David Campbell, vice chairman of the Effingham County Board. He said at least 20 Illinois counties and local officials in Oregon and Washington have asked for copies of Effingham County's resolution.
County officials fear their state legislators won't be able to stop the passage of the gun restrictions because they are outnumbered by lawmakers from in and around Chicago, where the vast majority of the more than 650 homicides last year involved guns.
Co-opting the sanctuary title is also a way of drawing attention to the rural-urban political divide that was so stark in the last general election, when "downstate" areas of Illinois backed Donald Trump, who remains popular with those voters, while the Chicago backed Hillary Clinton, who grew up in the suburbs.
"We're just stealing the language that sanctuary cities use," explained the Effingham County's top prosecutor, Bryan Kibler, who came up with the idea.
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...
Leftist are tearing this nation apart. Somethings gotta be done soon...
We have friends who farm hundreds of acres in central southern IL. It is a whole ‘nother world down there!
They are very Conservative, Christian, Trump voters, awesome hunters (Black Bear, Whitetail Deer, Elk, etc.) and they’d be the LAST Americans that would give up their guns. :)
If fraudulently documented foreigners can be protected from federal law by the state, no reason US citizens can’t be protected from the state by the counties.
We are so heading towards a show down in this country.
I’ve said it for the past 15 years here. We CANNOT co-exist with leftards. We are eventually going to settle this once and for all and make the CW look like a children’s party.
Illinois is redder than red except for the Chicago/Cook county septic fields and a handful of black/college town/union shits/ counties.
You betcha! Wisconsin has turned the corner, too!
Happy, Happy! :)
I noticed that none of the articles list the five counties.
It’s not poor reporting, it’s a conspiracy.
Surely the Supreme Court will realize that “sanctuary” immunity from certain laws will never work and would almost certainly lead to Civil War.
I’m glad these counties in Illinois are highlighting the absurdity of California and other jurisdictions.
I knew and worked with a young Preacher from Southern Illinois. This was at a Summer retreat in the Western Carolina Mountains.
I talked to him a bit about the area and became convinced that it was about as conservative as anyplace. Too bad it is controlled by the Chicago area.
As an aside, he had a young Sister-in-Law who may have been the prettiest girl I ever saw.
Well one of them for sure is Effingham county as our County Prosecutor is the one to come up with the whole idea.
The other four, not sure.
Thanks for the laugh, friend. (The Supreme Court isn't swayed by logic, the law, or anything else resembling sanity or reality.)
“We are so heading towards a show down in this country.”
True. But hopefully it can be resolved without violence.
I don’t know why no one who runs this story could be arsed to pick up the phone and find out which counties they are. Mine in’t one - yet - but I’m sure it will be.
Downatate is Trump country.
I think you're right. The county seat is Covfefeville, right?
I love it! Sanctuary cities that protect Americans - for a change!
The sooner we settle it the better, in my view. The perpetrators of this Russia farce HAVE to be addressed. Afraid I’m going to have to insist on it...
For all intents and purposes, the “Union is Dissolved” again. The liberal is too far gone. They are hell-bent on destroying the country.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.