Concern Over Growing Number of Gun Sanctuary Counties

Concern Over Growing Number of Gun Sanctuary Counties

In Illinois, gun laws are being discussed at the local level in county and city governments in a trend that some see as a political charade and others see as a fight against reactionary legislation. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that 26 of Illinois’ 102 counties have some resolution making the jurisdiction a safe haven for law-abiding gun owners. The efforts resemble so-called “sanctuary cities,” where officials vote on resolutions urging local law enforcement not to comply with federal immigration laws. For gun sanctuary counties in Illinois, the resolutions urge local law enforcement not to enforce state or federal gun control measures. Click here for summary Mark Walsh from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, which supports gun-control legislation, said his group is reacting. “While this is quote-unquote symbolic, it also sends a message to people that these groups think gun ownership is more important than protecting human life,” Walsh said. Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said those pushing for the sanctuary resolutions are sending a message to groups supporting gun control legislation. “They only affect the law-abiding gun owner and they only affect the law abiding firearms dealer,” Pearson said. “They’re just trying to push gun control down the throats of Illinois citizens who don’t deserve it.” Calls for more gun control have sprung up in the past year following the deadly mass shooting last October in Las Vegas and the Valentine’s Day shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. In the wake of the […]

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