Fear & Loading: Illinois Sanctuary Counties Growing

posted on July 17, 2018

Twenty-six Illinois counties have passed a “gun sanctuary” measure with wording designed to symbolically prevent their staff and sheriff’s department from enforcing state laws that violate the Second Amendment. At press time the list included Brown, Christian, Clark, Clay, Cumberland, Douglas, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Iroquois, Jasper, Jefferson, Lawrence, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Saline, Shelby, Washington, Wayne, White and Woodford, according to the Peoria Journal Star. Williamson County is putting the question to its voters.

State Rep. Chad McGinnis told the newspaper he had no idea a measure designed to simply send a message would gain traction across the state. “I never imagined my resolution would do what it did,” he said. “I lit the spark and the fuel was already laid.”

The State Journal-Register’s explains the movement is gaining favor because, “County officials fear their legislators won’t be able to stop the passage of gun restrictions because they are outnumbered by lawmakers from in and around Chicago … .”

A measure passed by Deerfield—just a spit down the road from the Windy City—in April would have made ownership and possession of an “assault rifle” [SIC] illegal within the village on June 13. Enforcement was delayed by a legal challenge backed by NRA, and resulting restraining order until the legality is decided in court. The setback didn’t deter the village’s elected trustees from modifying the ordinance—designed to emulate a measure passed in 2013 by Chicago suburb Highland Park—and adding a magazine-capacity limit of 10 rounds.  

On May 31, state legislators passed a trio of restrictive measures, including one that NRA/ILA explains amounts to a gun registration and puts added hardship on already federally licensed firearm dealers in the state. In a July 9 local newscast, Gov. Bruce Rauner refused to answer if he was going to sign any of them into law.

More than a quarter of the Land of Lincoln’s 102 counties are now declared “gun sanctuaries.” In late May, Farmer City, Ill., joined the movement.


Jacob Dickert Rifle (1)
Jacob Dickert Rifle (1)

A Riflemaking Mecca—Lancaster County, Pa.

Lancaster County was the center of longrifle manufacturing for several decades and as such, offered employment for a great number of workers and saw the rise of great names in riflemaking. No real assemblage of early American firearms is complete without Lancaster-made rifles.

New For 2023: Walther Arms PD380

Walther rolled out its PD380 late in 2023, updating the company's previous PK380 handguns with design details borrowed from its popular PDP series of pistols.

Preview: Scent Thief 24-oz. Field Spray

For centuries, hunters have made remarkable advances to help them close the gap on their intended quarry, whether it be thoughtful camouflaging or well-contrived products and tactics.

Gun Of The Week: KFI Firearms Impala Plus NERO

Watch American Rifleman staff on the range in this week's video to see the details of the semi-automatic Impala Plus NERO shotgun, an affordable design with a dependable, proven action.

The Armed Citizen® Dec. 8, 2023

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Review: Christensen Arms Modern Hunting Rifle (MHR)

Christensen Arms' Modern Hunting rifle is the company's latest bolt-action, designed to be easily customizable and made for use in the outdoors.


Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.