All Eighteen Gun Sanctuary Resolutions in Illinois Passed!

Full rundown on results and updates on other counties

Published Friday, November 9, 2018

In a result that none of us here thought would happen, every Illinois county that had pro-Second Amendment resolutions on the ballot on Tuesday voted in favor of the measure, with most of them overwhelmingly in support. A further two more counties that we didn't previously know were voting approved sanctuary-style referendums as well, adding a dozen new counties to our new green majority. Cook County, meanwhile, passed anti-gun ballot measures, including one attempting to place more gun restrictions on the entire rest of the state.

Full Results Including Texts of Ballot Questions:

Pro-2A Ballot Questions:

Boone County:
"Shall Boone County oppose any law restricting law-abiding gun owners from their Second Amendment rights as guaranteed by the US Constitution and to protect them from unconstitutional gun laws which have or may be passed by the Illinois General Assembly?"
YES 10114 57.95%
NO 7338 42.05%
Special Note: Even Boone County, being so far north and so close to Chicago, easily passed this resolution far outside any margin of error. That should give all gun rights advocates hope for the future!

Coles County:
"Should the Illinois General Assembly pass legislation protecting a citizens right to keep and bear arms as defined by the second amendment of the United States Constitution?"
YES 13604 81.06%
NO 3178 18.94%

Christian County:
"Should the Illinois General Assembly pass any additional legislation limiting a citizen's right to keep and bear arms as defined by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution?" (negatively worded question)
YES 4084 32.23%
NO 8588 67.77%
The Christian County Board previously passed a Gun Sanctuary Resolution already; this vote simply affirmed it by the voters.

Cumberland County:
"Should the Illinois General Assembly protect a citizen's right to keep and bear arms as defined by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution?"
YES 3959 93.77%
NO 263 6.23%
The Cumberland County Board previously passed a Gun Sanctuary Resolution already; this vote simply affirmed it by the voters.

Hardin County:
"Shall Hardin County become a sanctuary county for law-abiding gun owners to protect them from unconstitutional laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly?"
YES 1,460 90%
NO 157 10%
The Hardin County Board previously passed a Gun Sanctuary Resolution already; this vote simply affirmed it by the voters.

Iroquois County:
"Should the Illinois General Assembly refrain from passing any additional legislation limiting a citizen's right to bear arms as defined by the Second Amendment to the United State Constitution?"
YES 7568 75.09%
NO 2511 24.91%
The Iroquois County Board previously passed a Gun Sanctuary Resolution already; this vote simply affirmed it by the voters.

Johnson County:
"Shall Johnson County become a sanctuary county for the law-abiding from gun laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly?"
YES 4358 85.97%
NO 711 14.03%

LaSalle County:
"Shall LaSalle County oppose the passage of any bill where the Illinois General Assembly desires to restrict the Individual right of US Citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution"?
YES 25,160 67.01%
NO 12,386 32.99%

Logan County:
"Shall Logan County become a sanctuary county for all firearms unconstitutionally prohibited by the government of the State of Illinois, for everyone except undocumented immigrants, in that Logan County will prohibit its employees from enforcing the unconstitutional actions of the state government?"
YES 5,896 63.45%
NO 3,397 36.55%
The Logan County Board previously passed a Gun Sanctuary Resolution already; this vote simply affirmed it by the voters.

Macoupin County:
"Should the General Assembly pass any additional legislation that restricts a citizens ability to own and possess guns or firearms?" (negatively worded question)
YES 5,311 30.00%
NO 12,395 70.00%

Madison County:
"Shall Madison County become a sanctuary County for law-abiding gun owners to protect them from unconstitutional gun laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly?"
YES 67351 67%
NO 33160 33%
This Madison County vote is an especially big deal, being a top ten county in terms of size in the state. It also sits just across the river from St. Louis, Missouri. Despite having over a quarter of a million people in the county and millions more in close proximity, Madison still voted in favor of this ballot measure by more than a two-thirds majority.

Massac County:
"Shall Massac County become a sanctuary county for law-abiding gun owners to protect them from unconstitutional gun laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly?"
YES 4,408 85%
NO 783 15%

Moultrie County:
"Should the Illinois General Assembly pass legislation protecting a citizen's right to keep and bear arms as defined by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution?"
YES 4520 89.36%
NO 538 10.64%

Montgomery County:
"Should the Illinois General Assembly pass any additional legislation that restricts a citizen's ability to own and possess guns or firearms?" (negatively worded question)
YES 2,311 20.63%
NO 8,890 79.37%

Richland County:
"Shall Richland County become a sanctuary county for law-abiding gun owners to protect them from unconstitutional gun laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly?"
YES 4,821 82%
NO 1,028 18%

White County:
"Civil Rights of Firearm Owners - The People of White County, Illinois are OPPOSED to all attempts by the Illinois General Assembly, in violation of their Oath of Office, to infringe upon the Constitutional Right of the PEOPLE to Keep and Bear Arms."
YES 4963 86.45%
NO 778 13.55%
The White County Board previously passed a Gun Sanctuary Resolution already; this vote simply affirmed it by the voters.

Two counties were not previously known to us as having scheduled Gun Sanctuary County referendum votes:

Pulaski County:
"Shall Pulaski County become a sanctuary county for law-abiding gun owners to protect them from unconstitutional gun laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly?"
YES 1,931 85%
NO 332 15%

Randolph County:
"Shall Randolph County become a sanctuary county for law-abiding gun owners to protect them from unconstitutional gun laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly?"
YES 9,835 79%
NO 1,970 16%

The Anti-Second Amendment referendums:

Chicago/Cook County:
"Should the State of Illinois strengthen penalties for the illegal trafficking of firearms and require all gun dealers to be certified by the State?"
YES 675,427 90.43%
NO 71,510 9.57%
The Chicago/Cook County referendum was obviously written as a trick question. Of course, everyone is going to be in favor of strengthening penalties for illegal firearm trafficking — but not for unnecessarily requiring all gun dealers to be certified by the state when they are already certified under federal law. By combining the two concepts into one question, lawmakers played the guilt card in an attempt to shame voters into voting for the second part simply because they were in favor of the first.

Melrose Park (a suburb of Chicago in Cook County):
'"Shall all firearms be required by law to be stored in a safe and secure manner that prevents access by unauthorized persons, when such firearms are not under the control of the owner?"
Yes 88.62% 3,949
No 11.38% 507

Oak Park Township (a small, exclusive municipality adjacent to Chicago in Cook County):
"Shall all firearms be required by law to be stored in a safe and secure manner that prevents access by unauthorized persons, when such firearms are not under the direct personal control of the owner?"
Yes 91.55% 22,452
No 8.45% 2,073
Beware, Melrose Park and Oak Park Township citizens! This reeks of the sort of obscure wordplay that the left uses to subsequently pass onerous laws mandating outrageous storage requirements. Think before you vote!


Also, Macon County's Board passed a Gun Sanctuary Resolution on their own

On Thursday, the Macon County Board approved a resolution expressing their opposition to any restrictions interfering with the Second Amendment rights of the county's residents. It easily passed in a 13-6 vote, with some Democrats on the board joining all of the Republicans in supporting it.

The resolution states that the county would, "hereby oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms and consider such laws to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful legislative authority."

It further asks the Illinois General Assembly not to approve any further restrictions infringing on those rights and asks the governor to veto any such legislative restrictions.

The Board will be sending copies of the resolution to the governor's office shortly, something that not all counties have been doing.

P.S. Shout out to The Bullet Trap for their mention of us!