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County takes stand on gun control legislation

By on May 9, 2018 at 4:10 pm

Pictured, from left, in front, Monroe County Commissioners Vicki Koerber, Bob Elmore and Delbert Wittenauer thank members of Monroe County EMS for the organization’s 40 years of service to the community; second row: Jessica Cutright, Carla Heise, Ryan Weber and Nick Hoeffken; and back row: Matt Reeder, Jason Nonn, Doug Franklin and Dan Parrott. Not pictured are Matt Liefer, Matt Hill and Kim Everett. (Alan Dooley photo)

Monroe County Sheriff Neal Rohlfing is sending a message to firearm owners across the county, with the hope it reaches all the way to Springfield.

With the declaration of Monroe County as a “sanctuary county,” Rohlfing has said he will not enforce any new laws passed that infringe on Second Amendment rights.

Monroe County Board Chairman Bob Elmore said he wholeheartedly supports Rohfling’s intent.

“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,” Elmore said in an interview with KMOV News 4.

The full Monroe County Board went on to unanimously pass a resolution Monday opposing the passage of several House and Senate bills “where the 100th Illinois General Assembly desires to restrict the individual right of U.S. citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

“I want to commend the Monroe County Board for voting today on making Monroe County a ‘sanctuary county’ for gun owners,” Rohlfing said. “I am proud of the county board and stand firmly with them in support of our residents’ rights. The Sheriff’s Department will not enforce any law that is deemed unconstitutional nor will we infringe on any residents’ Second Amendment.”

Rohlfing, for his part, has said he would instead like to see the state pass meaningful legislation to fix issues in the state rather than consider knee-jerk responses to tragic incidents, creating a false-sense of security, he said.

“In my opinion, none of these (bills in the Illinois Legislature) are going to create any more of a safe environment, especially in Monroe County…>>>

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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: andrea@republictimes.net