Jo Daviess County officials push gun ‘sanctuary county’ resolution

Jo Daviess County officials push gun 'sanctuary county' resolution

GALENA, Ill. — Jo Daviess County officials are considering a resolution that effectively would transform the area into a “sanctuary county” opposed to state gun-control efforts. County board members this week discussed a resolution that states an opposition to several bills proposed in the Illinois Legislature. They include efforts to raise the minimum age to own “assault weapons,” banning the sale and use of bump stocks and large-capacity magazines, adding 72-hour “wait” periods for some gun sales and requiring firearms dealers to be licensed. The last paragraph of the resolution names Jo Daviess County as a “sanctuary county” and urges county employees to not enforce certain laws, if they are adopted. The 17-member board consists of 12 Republicans and five Democrats. Meanwhile, the Illinois General Assembly is controlled by Democrats. The resolution was proposed by the county’s legislative committee, which voted, 5-2, to bring it before the full county board. County Board Member LaDon Trost, a Republican who introduced the resolution, argued in favor of it this week. “These laws do not make the citizens of the state of Illinois safer,” Trost said. “They will, however, make instant felons out of otherwise law-abiding rural Illinois citizens.” Gun bills targeted Democrat Don Zillig, chairman of the county’s legislative committee, said Trost took the resolution from Effingham County officials, who, earlier this year, passed a similar measure. Effingham County Board Vice Chairman David Campbell said he and the local state’s attorney drafted the resolution after seeing a surge of gun-control legislation […]

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