Effingham County seeks to create sanctuary for 2nd Amendment

Posted:

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WAND) — When it comes to gun advice, Levi Slater shoots straight.

His candor has helped him build Accuracy Firearms into an Effingham staple for gun enthusiasts.

“We’re southern Illinois people,” Slater said. “We come from all walks of life and it seems like we get a lot of laws crammed down on us and they don’t appear to be very well thought out.”

And that’s where some members of the Effingham County Board want to step in.

“Effingham County is a gun-friendly county,” said vice chairman David Campbell.

Campbell proposed a resolution to make Effingham County a sanctuary county — not for undocumented immigrants — but for gun owners.

“We’re standing with the Second Amendment firmly and we’re backing the Constitution,” Campbell said.

However, this resolution won’t have the firepower to strike down any laws passed in Springfield. But the board hopes other cities and counties will follow suit and bring additional pressure on lawmakers to vote against more gun control.

“If it is in their county’s interest to join, they should simply because if you take away someone’s Second Amendment rights…what’s to stop them from limiting your First Amendment rights?” asked board chairman Jim Niemann.

And Slater is on board with the resolution too, hoping it will allow his business to stay on target.

“This is really more of a symbolic message to the state and the governor’s office that ‘hey, leave our Second Amendment rights alone,’” Slater said.

The Effingham County Board will vote on the resolution on April 16. If it passes, it will be the second such resolution passed in the state, following Iroquois County.

Current Conditions
/
  • Most Popular Stories

    • ATV accident kills one in Clinton

      (WAND) - An ATV accident in rural DeWitt county claimed the life of a 14 year old Clinton native. 

    • Five now accused of sexual misconduct at Logan Correctional Center

      Two more lawsuits obtained by WAND accuse three more employees at the Logan County Correctional Center of sexual misconduct, with one claiming there is "a widespread practice" of prison officials failing to intervene to stop sexual assaults and harassment. 

    • Coca-Cola considering developing cannabis drinks

      (WAND) - Rum and coke may become a thing of the past. Coca-Cola is considering developing a cannabis-infused beverage based on the potential health benefits of cannabidioll, or CBD. 

    • One dead after being shot in the leg

      LOAMI, Ill. (WAND) - A woman is dead after being shot in the leg. 

    • Purdue removes traditional homecoming gender labels

      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue kicked off its 150th birthday celebration with a change to a traditional halftime ceremony. Earlier this week, Purdue announced it would not crown a homecoming king and queen in a student-driven effort to bring more gender equality to campus. 

    • The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your

    • Pediatricians warn dangers of baby walkers

      (WAND) - Pediatricians have long warned about the dangers of baby walkers — once a staple in homes with small kids. Each year, thousands of children are still injured while in these toys. 

    • Man selling 3-D gun blueprints jailed for sex with underage girl

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns was back in the U.S. Sunday after being arrested in Taiwan, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl. 

    • Farmers worry bailout won't offset loses from trade war

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China. 

    • Churches unite to give back to the homeless

      SPRINGFIELD Ill. (WAND) - More than a dozen Springfield community members spent their Sunday giving back to the homeless and spreading the message of God across the community