Mercer County joins list of Illinois gun sanctuary counties

ALEDO, Ill. – The Mercer County Board passed a resolution Thursday night making the county the 30th gun sanctuary county in Illinois. With a full approval of the board, the resolution opposes any state attempt to infringe on the rights of its residents to "bear arms." The resolution deemed any such legislation currently being considered by the state "to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful legislative authority." Mercer County Board member Brian Anseeuw, R-New Windsor, said the language in the resolution already has been approved in 29 other counties, as well as two cities. "We’re telling the state they cannot pass laws that impinge on our Second Amendment rights,” he said. After the vote, an an audience of about 15 people loudly clapped in support. Absent from Thursday’s meeting were Chris DeFreize, R-New Boston, and Ronald Fullerlove, R-Sherrard. The resolution demands the Illinois General Assembly "cease further actions restricting the right to keep and bear arms" and demands the governor to veto all such legislation. If the governor does sign such legislation, the resolution states, Mercer County will prohibit its employees from enforcing the action. The resolution took issue with a number of state House and Senate bills that would require individuals to surrender lawfully owned firearms, or gun enhancements like bump stocks and trigger cranks. There also is an issue in the use of terms such as "assault weapons." “What is an assault weapon?” asked board chairman Carlos Sarabasa, R-Aledo, suggesting the legislative language is not clear. Mercer County […]

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