MARSHALL — The Clark County Board on Friday approved a resolution in support of the Second Amendment and in opposition to any state plan to limit gun rights.
Other Illinois counties, including Christian, Effingham and Shelby county, have adopted gun sanctuary resolutions, a term that comes from so-called sanctuary cities that don't cooperate with aspects of federal immigration enforcement.
The Clark County vote resulted from Warren Le Fever, of Marshall, presenting a gun sanctuary resolution, inspired by the Effingham County one, for consideration on May 18. State's Attorney Kyle Hutson reviewed this proposal at the board's request. Hutson's revised resolution then dropped the sanctuary wording while retaining its message of Second Amendment support.
Le Fever on Friday did not object to the elimination of the gun sanctuary wording but did get the board to adopt revisions that reflect the most recent status of proposed state gun control legislation.
After the meeting, Le Fever said eliminating the gun sanctuary wording will reduce the effectiveness of the resolution's message. However, he said the message sent by the Clark County Board will still join with the grassroots movement of the many other county boards that are adopting resolutions in support of the Second Amendment.
"It was a win because the County Board spoke in a unanimous voice to the state legislature — 'We don't like what your are doing,'" Le Fever said.
The resolution adopted by Christian County last month demanded that the Illinois General Assembly cease further actions restricting the rights of people to keep and bear arms. The resolution said, in part, that "if the governor of Illinois shall infringe upon the inalienable rights granted by the Second Amendment, Christian County shall become a 'sanctuary county' for all firearms unconstitutionally prohibited by the government of Illinois."