Effingham County now a ‘sanctuary’ for gun owners

EFFINGHAM — Declaring Effingham County a sanctuary for gun owners, the county board on Monday directed its employees not to enforce any new Illinois law that would "unconstitutionally restrict the Second Amendment." The action is largely symbolic, according to Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler. He said the resolution, adopted by an 8-1 vote, will not control the decision making in the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Dave Mahon agreed that it was a county board decision and would not control his office. Mahon said that if such a potentially unconstitutional law were to be passed by the state, he would consult with the state’s attorney and the legal counsel of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association before deciding what actions to take. The sole "no" vote came from Karen Luchtefeld, who said after the board meeting that she objected on several levels. For one, she thought it was inappropriate for her to […]

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