Effingham County, IL – Effingham County was designated as a “sanctuary county” for gun owners on Monday night, after county board members passed a resolution that directed employees not to enforce state laws that may seek to “unconstitutionally restrict the Second Amendment” in the future, the Shelbyville Daily Union reported.
“If you can be a ‘sanctuary county’ for undocumented immigrants, why can’t you be one for firearms?” Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler said.
The resolution passed on an 8-to-1 vote.
Kibler acknowledged that the measure was largely symbolic, and said it would not govern law enforcement’s decision-making, FOX News reported.
Effingham County Board Member David Campbell said that Illinois has seen an “increasing number” of state bills that aimed to “attack our Second Amendment,” so he “decided to take a stand” after speaking with many of his constituents.
“We’re making it known to the Illinois General Assembly that if they keep on this path of stripping away Second Amendment rights, there’s going to be blowback from the people of southern Illinois,” Kibler told FOX News.
He added that they have received an “outpouring of support” from other counties in the state, and said that many people from outside the area have asked for copies of the resolution.
“It passed in a neighboring county last night,” Kibler noted. “I think it’s going to pass in some other counties next week.”
Although the designation may be primarily symbolic, “it really proves that people in southern Illinois are getting tired of being pushed around” by Chicago-influenced legislators, Kibler said.
“I don’t want Chicago gun laws here, because they don’t seem to be working there,” Effingham County Board Chairman Jim Niemann told the Shelbyville Daily Union.
Effingham County’s resolution was modeled after a similar resolution passed by nearby Iroquois County on Mar. 13.