Word on the Street: Tazewell gun resolution cathartic, but not much else

Word on the Street: Tazewell gun resolution cathartic, but not much else

Check out Time & Money Gun rights and gun regulations can stir plenty of passions, as was evident last week in Pekin during the Tazewell County Board meeting. The meeting room at the Tazewell County Justice Center was packed to overflowing, with more than 100 people. Most board meetings rarely attract more than a handful. What attracted most of them this time was a relatively meaningless resolution. Meaningless in concrete action, at least. The resolution that stated board members support gun-ownership rights has no appreciable legal effect. But it does put the board on record against firearms restrictions the Illinois General Assembly might approve. The board action also serves a cathartic purpose, according to the vice chairman. “It was refreshing to see so many people that were passionate about a potential law change or something the state was going to do to us,” Tim Neuhauser said. “And to give them a little bit of a taste of what we deal with on a daily basis. “I just wish there was this much passion all the time regarding the unfunded mandates that we get. Because at the end of the day, we’re scrambling to make sure we continue to do what we do.” People were scrambling to find a seat to see what the board would do regarding the gun issue. An executive-committee meeting the previous week revealed board dissension about how to handle it. Using the term “sanctuary county” in a resolution, as some local gun-rights advocates would have […]

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