County Board Talks Gun Sanctuary With A Full House


Gun sanctuary was the main topic of discussion again at Tuesday’s Bond County Board meeting. A large crowd gathered and for the second consecutive meeting, the proceedings had to be moved into the county courtroom to accommodate the audience.

The Bond County Board proposed a resolution in support of the Second Amendment and residents weighed in during a discussion for over 30 minutes.

Most audience members urged the county board to include language naming Bond County a “sanctuary” county for law abiding gun owners.

Many counties in the area have passed sanctuary resolutions. These resolutions are not legally binding in any way, but are intended to send a message to lawmakers. The resolutions specifically speak out in opposition to four proposed House Bills and one proposed Senate Bill. Effingham County’s resolution goes so far as to say should those measures pass, the county will prohibit employees from enforcing them.

Board members expressed hesitation to include the word “sanctuary” in their resolution.

Bond County Board Chairman Howard Elmore told WGEL the board looked into other sanctuary counties and noted that the laws those counties were opposing hadn’t passed yet. He also said the Bond County board did not want to instruct anyone to break any laws.

Click below to hear his comments in full:

Following discussion, board member Gerald “Spanky” McCray said the proposed resolution wasn’t enough for those in attendance and moved to take no action on the matter and work on the resolution some more. That motion passed three to two, with Howard Elmore and Wes Pourchot voting “no”.

The resolution proposed by the county board Tuesday follows…

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