Monroe County, Illinois leaders declare it a 'sanctuary county' - KMOV.com

Monroe County, Illinois leaders declare it a 'sanctuary county' for gun owners

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MONROE COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

Monroe County leaders voted Monday to declare it a “sanctuary county” for gun owners.

The Board of Commissioner passed the resolution unanimously.

Monroe County Sheriff Neal Rohlfing posted to Facebook, writing in part: “The Sheriff's Department will not enforce any law that is deemed unconstitutional nor will we infringe on any residents Second Amendment!“

The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners said this is about sending a message to Springfield.

“We want people to understand we’re for the Second Amendment, we don’t want Springfield dictating things to us because they do plenty now,” said Commissioner Bob Elmore.

News 4 asked Elmore what would happen if the state passed more restrictive gun laws.

“First of all they would have to come and enforce it, our sheriff is not going to enforce it,” added Elmore.

Currently, there are a number bills proposed in the state that would do things such as limit the sales of assault rifles and make bump stocks illegal.

Some on Facebook commented against the idea of a “Sanctuary County”. One person asked if this is really what the majority of people in the county want.

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