Sanctuary County for Gun Owners: Effingham County, Illinois
Russ Chastain 04.19.18
In the midst of the current pseudo-pop-culture anti-gun movement, at least one locality is reportedly taking a stand for gun rights. Effingham County, Illinois recently adopted a resolution which directs all county employees to refrain from enforcing any new anti-gun state laws.
The County Board on Monday passed the resolution on an 8-1 vote and directed employees not to enforce new Illinois laws that would “unconstitutionally restrict the Second Amendment.”
The county resolution opposes certain anti-gun state legislation that passed the legislature but was vetoed by the governor, as well as other bills currently active at the General Assembly.
Unfortunately, this “gun sanctuary county” resolution may not have much actual strength, according to law enforcement.
Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler tells the Effingham Daily News that the action is largely symbolic. He says the resolution won’t control decision-making at the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff Dave Mahon said if the state were to pass such a law he would consult with the state’s attorney and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association before deciding what to do.
It sounds good on paper, anyhow.