Following the lead of Iroquois and Effingham Counties, Jasper County, Illinois has adopted a Resolution opposing gun restrictions on Wednesday, April 18, but, they are one step short of calling themselves a 'sanctuary county' at this time.

Jasper County's resolution was modified from the Effingham County resolution that was passed on Monday, April 16.

Effingham County did adopt the 'sanctuary' title. Effingham County State's Attorney Brian Kibler stated, “If you can be a sanctuary county for undocumented immigrants, why can't you be one for firearms?”

While the Resolution is basically 'symbolic', the majority of the Jasper County Board voted in favor of the resolution that opposes the passage of HB1465, HC1467, HB1468, HB1469 and SB1657, any trailer bill, or any bill similar too, or any bill where the 100th Illinois General Assembly desires to restrict the Individual right of US Citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution; 11 yes 1 absent.

The Jasper County resolution states, HB1465 is a violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution requiring responsible persons under 21 to surrender lawfully owned firearms or face becoming instant felons; fails to define how to relinquish firearms; only allows possession at Sparta shooting complex, but fails to provide similar exemptions for recreational shooting at gun clubs, private ranges or under supervision of responsible adult or parent, unless certified as a firearms instructor.

HB1467 is a violation of the 4th amendment to the US Constitution requiring persons to immediately relinquish lawfully owned bump stocks or trigger cranks, while also failing to provide where and how to relinquish firearms devices, thus creating instant felons upon passage.

HB1468 contains broad and unclear definitions which will cause confusion amongst firearm owners and dealers as to which type of firearm is subject to 72 hour wait period; bans nonresidents from purchasing certain long guns defined loosely as assault weapons, put dealers in jeopardy of unknowingly violating the law.

HB1469 is violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution requiring persons to immediately relinquish lawfully owned magazines, fails to provide how to properly relinquish banned magazines, creates instant felons if enacted as written, creates conflicts allowing for sale to out of state persons while stating possession is a felony, bans body armor worn as protection for those who employ the use of chain saws, motorcyclists, range officers and firearm instructors, shop owners and employees who work in dangerous neighborhoods or during night shifts.

SB1657 and trailer bills will create economic hardship on lawfully owned and operated, small business firearm dealerships, in effect forcing them to close; will create undue burdens and price increases on persons to lawfully purchase firearms; will have a direct negative impact on local economies thru job loss and sales tax loss; will create another layer of burdensome government regulation on top of the heavy Federal regulations; impose new fees on top of existing Federal license fees.

Jasper County's resolution basically states that the County Board took an oath to uphold the US Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Illinois and it states that any legislation similar to the above mentioned bills would infringe the Rights to Keep and Bear Arms and would ban the possession and use of firearms, magazines, body armor now employed by individual citizens of Jasper County, Illinois, for the defense of Life, Liberty and Property and would ban the possession and use of firearms now employed for safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within Jasper County, Illinois.

The Resolution also states that the legislation potentially violated the 5th Amendment failing to provide just compensation under the takings clause, 8th Amendment imposition against excessive fines and punishments on law abiding citizens by punitive forfeiture/relinquishment of lawfully owned property, and Ex Post Facto Law Clause of the United States Constitution.

The Resolution ends by stating that if the Government of the State of Illinois infringes upon the inalienable rights granted by the Second Amendment, Jasper County shall become a 'sanctuary county' for all firearms unconstitutionally prohibited by the government of the State of Illinois, in that, Jasper County will prohibit its employees from enforcing the unconstitutional actions of the state government.

Certified copies of this Resolution will be delivered to all members of the Illinois General Assembly and to the Office of the Governor.