In Decatur, Erika Harold, GOP attorney general candidate, says she’d defend gun control laws from local challenges

In Decatur, Erika Harold, GOP attorney general candidate, says she'd defend gun control laws from local challenges

Illinois Attorney General GOP candidate Erika Harold shares her thoughts during an interview at the Herald and Review Wednesday morning. Illinois Attorney General GOP candidate Erika Harold answers questions during an interview at the Herald and Review Wednesday morning. DECATUR — The Republican candidate for state attorney general, Erika Harold, said Wednesday she would defend restrictions on gun ownership enacted by state lawmakers, regardless of her personal views on the matter. At least 26 of Illinois’ 102 counties in recent months have passed "gun sanctuary" measures that deem further state gun control measures as a violation of the Second Amendment. In some cases, county boards have instructed law enforcement not to enforce future state laws that include more restrictions. Harold, an Urbana native and former winner of the Miss America contest, said the attorney general’s role is to defend state laws from legal challenges such as those that could be raised by the gun sanctuary counties. "That’s not even a discretionary choice," she said in an interview at the Herald & Review offices. "It’s just something you would have to do, and that’s again why it’s so important for the attorney general to not necessarily to be making decisions on policy or issues." The issue is an example of Harold’s stated desire to stay out of the partisan fray in an elected office that has grown increasingly political in other states. Democratic attorneys general in states like California and New York have used their positions to challenge policies from […]

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