New gun resolution stirs mixed reactions

A new resolution in Hancock County, Illinois on gun rights is getting mixed reviews.

County Board members said they support the second amendment rights, but gun owners say it could do more harm than good.

There are a lot of gun owners in Hancock County, Illinois.

“We have 415 members at the gun club and our issue is about handling gun safety,” Hinderliter said.

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors is trying to support gun owners with a new two-page resolution.

Hancock county gun club president Clay Hinderliter said the first page is fine, it talks about personal, economic and recreational impacts.

But, he said the second page is a slippery slope because if the county deems a new gun law to be unconstitutional, the county can become a sanctuary county and that can cause problems.

“If the county doesn’t enforce it before it’s constitutionality has been determined. The state can say okay, we can withhold all money from the state to the county for every cause until you comply with this.”

County chairman Delbert Kreps and board member Pat Cramer wouldn’t go on camera but Cramer said this resolution is just a statement and a bunch of nothing that his constituents wanted to put into place.

But gun owners have a different opinion…

“It’s politics at it’s worst,” Hinderliter said. “There isn’t a problem here right now and politicians and political groups are trying to convince us that they have a solution to the problem that really isn’t a problem.”

Hinderliter said McDonough County up the road passed similar type of legislation a few months ago and it has everyone scratching their heads.

“Why are we doing this,” Hinderliter said. “We have bigger fish to fry, this is covered on the second amendment. Everyone thought it was a waste of time.”

County Board Chair Delbert Kreps said the people who disagreed with the resolution did not voice their opinion about their no vote and more counties across the state are drafting up a resolution.



Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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