An Illinois county is moving to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners by creating a “sanctuary” where the Second Amendment can’t be restricted.

On Monday, over 70 people packed out the Effingham County Board building where board members voted 8-1 to enact a resolution designating the area a “sanctuary” that will defy the State of Illinois’ unconstitutional gun restrictions.

The “largely symbolic” resolution prevents county employees from enforcing state gun laws that violate the Second Amendment, however it does not apply to the local sheriff.

The move, modeled off a proposal from Iriquois County, fights back against new firearm laws being proposed by state lawmakers, which would regulate bump stocks, gun ownership, gun sales and gun seizures.

One Effingham board member noted the vote informs politicians in the state capital that citizens will stand up for their rights.

“I would just like to send a statement to Springfield that I don’t want them to be infringing on our Second Amendment rights as legal gun owners,” Effingham County board member Joe Thoele said.

Effingham County state’s attorney Bryan Kibler compared the resolution to “Sanctuary City” immigration laws passed by other jurisdictions across the country.

“If you can be a sanctuary county for undocumented immigrants, why can’t you be one for firearms?” Kibler asked.

The Effingham Daily News reports three people opposed the resolution at the meeting.

Dr. Michael Sehy said the proposal made him feel “sick a little.” Resident Dan Niebrugge commented he was “embarassed” and “having a very difficult time explaining this” to other people. And another man said he’d “feel guilty the rest of my life for letting [these guns] come in here.”

The dissenting board member, Karen Luchtefeld, said she supports “common sense” gun reform and argued the Founding Fathers created the Second Amendment when muskets were the common firearm.

The resolution comes as another Illinois community, the Village of Deerfield, announced a ban on “assault weapons” earlier this month, a fine of up to $1,000 per day for violators, and issued confiscation orders to local police for residents who don’t comply.


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