IL Counties Declare 'Sanctuary' Status for Gun Owners

May 7, 2018

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  CHICAGO - Several rural Illinois counties have taken a stand for gun rights by co-opting the word sanctuary. It’s a word that many conservatives associate with a liberal policy to skirt the law.

At least five counties recently passed resolutions declaring themselves sanctuary counties for gun owners - a reference to so-called sanctuary cities such as Chicago that don't cooperate with aspects of federal immigration enforcement.

The resolutions are meant to put the Democratic-controlled Legislature on notice that if it passes a host of gun bills, including new age restrictions for certain weapons, a bump stock ban and size limit for gun magazines, the counties might bar their employees from enforcing the new laws.

David Campbell, vice chairman of the Effingham County Board, says at least 20 Illinois counties and local officials in Oregon and Washington have asked for copies of Effingham County's resolution.