Counties In Southern Illinois Declare That They Are Gun Sanctuaries

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: And now to Southern Illinois and a story about counties that are declaring themselves sanctuaries for firearms. From member station WUIS in Springfield, Rachel Otwell reports. RACHEL OTWELL, BYLINE: The Illinois legislature is controlled by Democrats. And this session, they’re pushing several measures adding restrictions to gun ownership. One would make 21 the minimum age to buy an assault weapon. Another seeks to ban bumps stocks. And a third would have forced gun dealers to get a state license. It made it out of the General Assembly before being vetoed by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. Like many, Illinois is a politically-divided state. Chicago and some border counties are blue, but much of the rest of the state is deep red. BRYAN KIBLER: And I think what happens in this state is is everything just is about what Chicago wants. The rural agricultural places get ignored over and over again. OTWELL: That’s Bryan Kibler, state’s attorney for Effingham County, which passed a resolution stating objections to certain proposed gun-related legislation. It went further, declaring sanctuary status for firearms. It was Kibler’s idea to use the sanctuary terminology. KIBLER: It kind of became kind of an aspect of a larger culture war that we’re just playing our little part with it. OTWELL: While sanctuary has been used to describe safe communities or areas for immigrants in the country illegally, Kibler says Effingham would be happy to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mony Ruiz-Velasco has long worked […]

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