Talk about turning the tables!
Some rural Illinois counties have passed resolutions to establish a “sanctuary” for gun owners to counter efforts by the Democratic-led state legislature to pass stricter gun control laws.
Borrowing a page from the Democratic Party’s pro-illegal immigration playbook, at least five counties in the state have declared themselves sanctuary counties for gun rights, according to Fox News.
David Campbell, vice chairman of the Effingham County Board, said it was time “to take a stand.”
“It’s a buzzword, a word that really gets attention,” Campbell said of the resolutions. “With all these sanctuary cities, we decided to turn it around to protect our Second Amendment rights.”
The resolution is intended to send a message to Springfield, where the legislature is housed, that these counties will instruct their employees not to enforce restrictive new gun laws, such as an increase in the minimum age for gun ownership or a ban on bump stocks.
Campbell said 20 or so counties in Illinois have asked for copies of their resolution, which may be an indication there will be more counties following in their footsteps.
With stricter gun laws being pushed around the country following the shooting at a Florida high school in February, he told Fox News officials in Washington state and Oregon have asked for copies.
Effingham County’s top prosecutor, Bryan Kibler, said the resolutions are patterned after Democratic cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, admitting that they “flipped the script.”
“We’re just stealing the language that sanctuary cities use,” said Kibler. “We wanted to … get across that our Second Amendment rights are slowly being stripped away.”
The opposition had the audacity to claim you can’t pick and choose which laws you will comply with.
“I don’t think you can say, ‘I don’t agree with the law so I won’t enforce it,’” claimed Democratic state Rep. Kathleen Willis. “I think it sends the wrong message.”
This coming from a lawmaker from suburban Chicago who sponsored some of the gun legislation. A comment we can only assume she made with a straight face.
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