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.
The board recognized the symbolic nature of the resolution and wanted to send a message to Springfield that they oppose legislation which will be ineffective in deterring crime and that unfairly impacts law-abiding citizens in their township. The board also recognized the importance of complying with existing laws but doesn’t want bad laws which are rooted in poor public policy. St. Clair Township now becomes the second township in the county to pass a Second Amendment / Lawful Gun Owners' resolution.
The resolution specifically made references to additional FOID taxes and additional FOID restrictions and also to firearms taxes and registration schemes for 'assault weapons' (otherwise known simply as commonly used sporting rifles). We are unaware right now if there were any changes from the original draft of the resolution, but are making an attempt to get a copy of the resolution as passed.
Three out of four board members voted to approve the resolution, while one abstained.
This resolution should make it apparent that the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement in Illinois isn't going away any time soon and should also cause the county board in St. Clair to take notice. That panel has been noticeably quiet on the issue since the movement began in the winter and spring of 2018.
St. Clair Township is the home to most of the city of Belleville. The population was 42,034 according to the Census Bureau's 2015 estimates, making it the eighth-most populated city in the state outside the Chicago metropolitan area, and the most populated city in the state south of Springfield. It is the county seat of St. Clair County, and the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.
Belleville is also the most populated city in the Metro-East region of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Due to its proximity to Scott Air Force Base, the population receives a boost from military and federal civilian personnel, defense contractors, and military retirees.