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St. Clair Township Declares 2A Sanctuary Status, Taking The County Piecemeal

St. Clair Township Declares 2A Sanctuary Status, Taking The County Piecemeal

Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019

In St. Clair Township of St. Clair County tonight, the township's board took the opportunity to send a message to the state legislature that they're joining the chorus of voices in opposition to recent attempts at extreme and unconstitutional gun control efforts.

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Gallatin County Passes 2A Resolution; Jasper County Won't Prosecute

Gallatin County Passes 2A Resolution; Jasper County Won't Prosecute

Published Thursday, July 11, 2019

In Shawneetown, the seat of Gallatin County, Illinois, the County Board finally voted 4 to 1 tonight to approves a resolution confirming the Second Amendment rights of the county's citizens. The board and the county's population lean heavily Democrat.

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The Illinois Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties Movement, Animated

The Illinois Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties Movement, Animated

Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019

While there are still numerous county-level Second Amendment Sanctuary and other resolutions going on around Illinois, we've been asked repeatedly to show an animation of each county change as it happened. This is for those of you that requested it. This is a just-for-fun exercise to pass time while we finish up several other projects all going on at the same time.

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Bureau County IL Passes 2A Resolution, Crawford County Won't Prosecute

Bureau County IL Passes 2A Resolution, Crawford County Won't Prosecute

Published Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bureau County surprised us tonight with news that they had passed a sanctuary resolution, joining the massive field of green on our map. We also heard that the Crawford County states attorney has declared that he will join with the others to not prosecute unconstitutional gun laws. This makes Bureau the 65th such county along with two full townships and two smaller towns, splitting the state neatly across the north at right about the I-80 mark.

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Not Willing To Wait, NRA Appeals to IL Supremes Against FOID

Not Willing To Wait, NRA Appeals to IL Supremes Against FOID

Published Saturday, June 8, 2019

The NRA has teamed with Guns Save Life to seek an immediate injunction against the Firearm Owner's Identification Card Act until all other litigation is settled in the case of a man whose guns were confiscated when the FOID system falsely showed he had a battery conviction. The unconstitutionality of the FOID Act should have been apparent years ago when it was implemented, as it creates a second hurdle of permissibility to navigate for a right already universally guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

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National Lawsuits Look to Void The FOID Everywhere in America

National Lawsuits Look to Void The FOID Everywhere in America

Published Thursday, June 6, 2019

A slew of national gun rights advocacy groups have all jointly filed a lawsuit against the state of Illinois for its FOID card law, which has recently seen egregious and overreaching restrictions attempted to be added to its already overly strict requirement (SB1966). The case stems from the previous People v. Brown decision, in which a woman kept a .22 rifle in her home but did not have a state-issued FOID card.

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O'Fallon Township in Illinois Declares Itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary

O'Fallon Township in Illinois Declares Itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary

Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019

In O'Fallon Township, St. Clair County, Illinois earlier today the township board unanimously passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution after becoming frustrated with the lack of action on the part of the St. Clair County Board to do the same. This action was spurred by retired Lt. Col. Dane Harrel, who spoke at the recent "Take Back Illinois" rally in Effingham and a friend of Gun Rights Watch.

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Fix The FOID Crippled; Void The FOID Thriving With Your Help

Fix The FOID Crippled; Void The FOID Thriving With Your Help

Published Saturday, June 1, 2019

In the wee hours of this morning after midnight, the Illinois Senate adjourned until October of this year without taking action on SB1966, the "Fix the FOID" bill. While this is a big temporary win, the efforts to rid the state of the FOID altogether are growing as the fight ahead gathers steam.

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The Void The FOID Movement is Catching On in Illinois

The Void The FOID Movement is Catching On in Illinois

Published Thursday, May 23, 2019

A new movement in Illinois that serves as an expansion of firearms freedoms on top of the Gun Rights Sanctuary Resolutions there is the new grassroots effort to rid the state, and hopefully eventually the country, of the Firearm Owner's Identification card.

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Two More Illinois Counties Pass Second Amendment Resolutions

Two More Illinois Counties Pass Second Amendment Resolutions

Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019

GRW got a nice surprise the other night when we were told by someone in the know in Piatt County that they had passed a resolution in 2012, so there was no need to pass one now. In Wabash County, board members convened to pass their own gun rights resolution unanimously on Monday.

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Illinois 2A County Resolution And 2A Sanctuary City Resolutions Passed This Week

Illinois 2A County Resolution And 2A Sanctuary City Resolutions Passed This Week

Published Friday, April 12, 2019

Successes continue this week on the Gun Rights Sanctuary County movement in Illinois, as Henderson County finally reaches an agreement after months of wrangling on the issue. Meanwhile, an unexpected development makes Plainfield Township in Will County a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.

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Thousands Flock to IGOLD in Illinois

Thousands Flock to IGOLD in Illinois

Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Buses from all corners of Illinois brought throngs of gun rights activists to the state capitol for IGOLD today, with the signature gold shirts and caps indicating their stance against the flood of gun control that has so far marked 2019. Estimates of up to 8,000 people were in attendance to assert their rights in keeping the state and families safe.

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Illinois Gun Owner Sanctuary Counties Just Keep Coming

Illinois Gun Owner Sanctuary Counties Just Keep Coming

Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019

In Illinois, the Gun Owner Sanctuary County movement is gaining steam once again amidst the onslaught of anti-gun legislation coming from Springfield and bolstered by the new wave of Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties now popping up all over the country. Here's a list of which counties declared resolutions lately.

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Candidate For Aurora IL District Rep Matt Quigley Was There At The Scene

Candidate For Aurora IL District Rep Matt Quigley Was There At The Scene

Published Sunday, February 17, 2019

Yesterday, Gun Rights Watch spoke to Matt Quigley, candidate For Aurora, Illinois 14th District Representative, who was on scene at the shooting Friday in the aftermath right after the incident went down. He and his campaign manager Mike Alfaro spoke to neighbors and bystanders on the street to get their opinions.

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Not One Gun Control Law Would Have Stopped the Aurora, IL Shooter

Not One Gun Control Law Would Have Stopped the Aurora, IL Shooter

Published Friday, February 15, 2019

The shooting today in Aurora, IL at a manufacturing plant that left 6 people dead including the shooter probably won't feed well into the left's narrative that universal background checks will stop mass shootings, or that mass shooters are always white guys, or that AR-15s need to go because... you know — mass shootings.

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Now Illinois Anti-Gunners Go After Making Legal Firearms at Home

Now Illinois Anti-Gunners Go After Making Legal Firearms at Home

Published Friday, February 8, 2019

HB2253 in Illinois, just announced yesterday, seeks to make illegal the manufacture of firearms in the home or elsewhere for personal use and not predicated upon whether the firearm is intended for sale. It should be noted that this activity has long been recognized as one that is constitutionally protected by both the ATF and courts across the country. Also included is language banning 3D printed firearms.

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New Illinois Bill Hopes to Force Sponsors of Anti-Gun Bills to Know Facts

New Illinois Bill Hopes to Force Sponsors of Anti-Gun Bills to Know Facts

Published Friday, February 1, 2019

A new bill in Illinois by State Senator Neil Anderson exemplifies the fed up nature of gun owners in the state, by making it mandatory that anyone proposing new anti-gun legislation should first be trained in firearm fundamentals, as well as usage, storage, calibers and gauges, and to undergo range safety officer training.

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Going for Broke: Now IL Dems Want Serial Numbers On Your Bullets

Going for Broke: Now IL Dems Want Serial Numbers On Your Bullets

Published Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Compounding on yesterday's news that Illinois now intends to start tracking all ammunition through the rigorous cataloging of all ammunition sales throughout the state, news now comes of a bill to force ammunition manufacturers to engrave every round with a serial number. We have the full details.

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No Braking: IL Dems Try Backdoor Registration By Tracking Ammo Instead

No Braking: IL Dems Try Backdoor Registration By Tracking Ammo Instead

Published Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Just out today is a brand new bill, designated HB1467, which seeks to record every pertinent detail about every transaction involving the sale of ammunition anywhere in the state. Using this information, the autocrats would then be able to effectively determine exactly what firearms every gun owner has, and how often they practice.

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Still Breaking: Now IL Dems Want to See Your Social Media... or No Gun For You

Still Breaking: Now IL Dems Want to See Your Social Media... or No Gun For You

Published Thursday, January 24, 2019

Not to stop at making virtually every firearm that makes them pee a little go away eventually, Democrats in Lincoln's Land now want to see every social media post you ever made. Ever. Anywhere, anytime. You know, just in case you offended someone once. Or, in case they decide they need to get offended by something that normal people wouldn't think twice about. Just in case, now there's HB0888.

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Breaking: IL Dem Gov, Legislature Present Assault Weapons Registration

Breaking: IL Dem Gov, Legislature Present Assault Weapons Registration

Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019

News came this evening that the Illinois legislature had their first major gun control bill ready in the form of SB0107, a sweeping "Assault Weapons" bill designed to bring about the eventual sunsetting on the rights to buy a number of named firearms, as well as the registration of any of those guns currently in existence in the state, and finally mandating locking mechanisms for these guns.

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Is Kankakee County, IL the next Gun Rights Sanctuary County?

Is Kankakee County, IL the next Gun Rights Sanctuary County?

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Most analysts familiar with the area acknowledge a "high likelihood" that the county will join the 57 others in the state that have approved some version of the now well-known Gun Rights Sanctuary County movement ongoing in Illinois. The vote almost happened at the January 8th meeting and was held up only due to procedural issues. Urging by community members prompted the action, which began in mid-2018.

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All Eighteen Gun Sanctuary Resolutions in Illinois Passed!

All Eighteen Gun Sanctuary Resolutions in Illinois Passed!

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 about 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.

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Voting Later Today on Illinois Gun Sanctuary County Referendums

Voting Later Today on Illinois Gun Sanctuary County Referendums

Published Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The long wait for ballot initiative question votes for Gun Owner Sanctuary County Resolutions has come, and a total of 16 counties have related questions up in these referendums. Additionally, one other county has passed a similar resolution by their County Board.

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Pike County, IL Passes Gun Owner Sanctuary County Resolution

Pike County, IL Passes Gun Owner Sanctuary County Resolution

Published Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Whisperings in the rumor led us to send our investigator out on the job, who was able to confirm that Pike had, in fact, passed their own resolution. A short while later, we received a copy of the official resolution. It is virtually identical to the majority of Gun Owner Sanctuary County Resolutions that we've seen so far.

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Hancock County Il Becomes the Latest to Pass 2A Resolution

Hancock County Il Becomes the Latest to Pass 2A Resolution

Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Word comes on down from those in the know to Gun Rights Watch (thank you, Illinois State Rifle Association!) that Hancock County, Illinois joined the expanding chorus of, "No thank you" to the state legislature's ongoing effort to curtail the firearms rights of their citizens. Our count now puts the tally at 42 counties!

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IL Senator Sam McCann Introduces Resolution to Support Gun Sanctuary Counties

IL Senator Sam McCann Introduces Resolution to Support Gun Sanctuary Counties

Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Countering Representative Kathleen Willis' anti-gun bill (HR 1197) that denounces Gun Owner Sanctuary Counties, gubernatorial candidate Sam McCann for the Conservative Party on Tuesday introduced a Senate resolution supporting the 40 Illinois counties that adopted loose resolutions declaring themselves as "gun owner sanctuaries," which oppose gun control laws that they believe are unconstitutional.

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Schuyler County Illinois Passes Gun Owner Sanctuary Resolution

Schuyler County Illinois Passes Gun Owner Sanctuary Resolution

Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018

By a vote of 7 to 0, the Schuyler County Board in Rushville decided on Monday Night to join the 40 other counties declaring their support of the Second Amendment and resistance to the ever-encroaching restrictions imposed by the state legislature on their gun rights. Jason Goddard spoke and gave an impassioned testimony on the need for self-defense.

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40 Gun Sanctuary Counties in Illinois?

40 Gun Sanctuary Counties in Illinois?

Published Monday, August 27, 2018

A pair of unrelated counties get added to the list making up our field of green, while one of them becomes the third county to both pass a pro-2nd Amendment Resolution and simultaneously scheduling a November referendum vote to gain the approval of the county residents. See the link for more.

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The Illinois Gun Sanctuary Counties Map Grows Again

The Illinois Gun Sanctuary Counties Map Grows Again

Published Thursday, August 16, 2018

The summer recesses seem to have come to a close, as several Illinois counties went back to the task of determining whether they wanted to join the groundswell of resolutions supporting the Second Amendment — and what those resolutions would look like. Many of the newest counties to consider resolutions are doing it through ballot initiatives, allowing the county's voters to decide the matter for themselves in November. While in at least one county this maneuver has resulted in cries of, "playing political football" with the issue, at least a half dozen or more counties are now taking this exact route. See the full list of changes at the link below.

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Three More Illinois Counties Pass Second Amendment Resolutions

Three More Illinois Counties Pass Second Amendment Resolutions

Published Saturday, July 21, 2018

Another week, another three counties pass their resolutions -- turning Illinois ever-greener. News coverage of the Gun Sanctuary County movement is still on the upswing. The number of weekly stories coming out goes up every week, as we've now easily surpassed the one-third of the state mark, with 36 out of 102 counties, along with 2 cities.

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Second Amendment Resolutions Spread Border To Border In Illinois

Second Amendment Resolutions Spread Border To Border In Illinois

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018

Three more sanctuary counties join the ever-growing field of green this week, as the movement spreads across the state. Also, numerous commenters have privately messaged us here questioning us about how to get the process started in their county.

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Second Amendment Resolution Counties Now Surpass A Quarter of Illinois

Second Amendment Resolution Counties Now Surpass A Quarter of Illinois

Published Sunday, July 1, 2018

Another week and several more updates to the Illinois Gun Sanctuary Counties Map have taken place. For the first time, counties that have passed these resolutions, sanctuary or otherwise, now cover more than one-quarter of the total land area of Illinois.

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Three Counties Pass 2A Resolutions, GRW Maps Get Published In Newspapers

Three Counties Pass 2A Resolutions, GRW Maps Get Published In Newspapers

Published Friday, June 15, 2018

And yet another three counties passed their resolutions and are being added to the map this week. Several newspapers across the country are talking about it now, with at least one using our map! Here are the latest changes.

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