In rural Illinois, officials are creating ‘sanctuary’ counties to protect gun owners from new laws

If some Illinois counties get their way, they will become immune from changes to state gun laws. (CNN)We’ve all heard of "sanctuary cities" for immigrants. Now several counties in rural Illinois are using the same concept to protect gun rights. At least four counties have passed resolutions declaring themselves "sanctuary counties" for gun owners, meaning they would not enforce any gun control measures passed by state lawmakers. Democrats control both branches of the Illinois legislature, which poses a challenge for pro-gun conservatives in the state. Support for gun control measures rose nationwide in the wake of February’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. In passing a resolution last month, Effingham County used the same "sanctuary" language dozens of cities have adopted to prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with federal authorities on immigration policies . "We want to make a statement. We don’t want our Second Amendment rights to be stripped away from us," David Campbell, vice chairman of the Effingham County Board, told CNN. "If we protect immigrants with sanctuary cities, why not use similar laws to protect our rights to own a gun?" he added. According to Campbell, at least 30 of Illinois’s 102 counties have asked to see Effingham County’s resolution. So far, Iroquois, Jasper, Saline and Jefferson counties have adopted similar resolutions opposing state gun restrictions, although Iroquois County’s resolution didn’t use the "sanctuary county" language. "Sometimes laws are passed or introduced when people don’t understand guns. For example the semi auto […]

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