MARSHALL — The Clark County Board is scheduled to vote on a proposed firearms rights resolution during its monthly meeting Friday morning.
County Clerk Carrie Downey said State's Attorney Kyle Hutson prepared this resolution by making revisions to a proposed Clark County gun sanctuary resolution that had been on the board's May 18 meeting agenda. The board opted on May 18 to table its consideration of the sanctuary resolution to allow time for Hutson to review the resolution first. Hutson could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.
The revised resolution does not call on Clark County to become a gun sanctuary. It does retain the original version's opposition to five proposed gun control bills that are being considered by the Illinois General Assembly, any trailer bill, any similar bill, or any bill where the General Assembly "desires to restrict the individual right of U.S. citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution."
For example, the proposed resolution states that House Bill 1467 contains broad and unclear definitions that will cause confusion among firearms owners and dealers as to which type of firearm is subject to a 72 hour wait period. The proposal also states that this bill bans nonresidents from purchasing certain long guns "defined loosely as assault weapons" and puts dealers in jeopardy of unknowingly violating the law.
"The Clark County Board does hereby oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms and considers such laws to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful legislative authority," the proposed resolution states in its conclusion.
Warren Le Fever of Marshall presented the original gun sanctuary resolution to the Clark County Board for consideration on May 18. Le Fever could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon, but posted a copy of the revised resolution on his Facebook page.
"Trying it again. The reworded resolution opposing the assorted firearms legislation will be on the Clark County Board agenda for the Friday (June) 15, 2018 meeting. Those who are interested in keeping your firearms should be there to support passage of this resolution. If you lose your rights, it's your fault when you do nothing. The 'gun sanctuary' section was taken out by the Clark County state's attorney," LeFever wrote.
The Clark County Board is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Friday in the courthouse in Marshall.
On Wednesday, the Shelby County Board voted 16-2 to reaffirm a 15-year-old resolution in support of the Second Amendment rather than adopting a measure to become a “sanctuary county” for gun owners.
Effingham County and other counties in the region have offered gun sanctuary resolutions in recent months in support of Second Amendment rights. Law enforcement officials have said that these sanctuary resolutions are mostly symbolic will not constrain them from enforcing state and federal firearms laws as needed.