Christian County adopts gun sanctuary resolution

Hide caption Staff Writer @JohnReynoldsSJR Christian County became the latest Illinois county Tuesday to adopt a gun sanctuary resolution. Vicki McMahon, the county board member who sponsored the resolution and the chairwoman of the Christian County NRA affiliate, said she hopes the unanimous passage of the resolution lets legislators know that people in Christian County do not want additional gun laws. “Some of the legislation that has been presented (in Illinois) lately, it is a definite infringement on our constitutional rights,” McMahon said after the county board meeting. “We feel that we’re the ones who are following the rules. We get our (Firearm Owner Identification Card), we get our conceal carry permits. We wait our days and make sure we are purchasing legal guns. We’re not the ones who are the problem. The person doing the bad deeds, that will continue, and these laws aren’t going to do anything to them.” At least five other rural Illinois counties — Effingham, Iroquois, Jefferson, Perry and Saline — recently passed resolutions declaring themselves sanctuary counties for gun owners. The terminology comes from so-called sanctuary cities such as Chicago that don’t cooperate with aspects of federal immigration enforcement. The resolution approved Tuesday “demands that the Illinois General Assembly cease further actions restricting the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and hereby demand that the governor of Illinois veto all such legislation…” The resolution also states that “if the governor of Illinois shall infringe upon the inalienable rights granted by […]

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