STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) – It’s an ordinance that could land you in jail, which is why the Stephenson County Board is being asked to take it off the books. However, that won’t be easy as some board members are sticking to their guns.
There are a number of board members who say they aren’t budging on the ordinance. They say they will support it to the very end and as it’s written now, the ordinance says it’s okay for people in the county to carry any type of firearm like assault rifles and Gatling guns.
Stephenson County State’s Attorney John Vogt is bringing the ordinance in front of the board tonight, they’ll vote on either to rescind the county ordinance or keep it on the books. Board members in favor of the gun ordinance say there probably isn’t enough support for it to make it through tonight’s vote, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up.
Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders says the referendum the board member is referring to was advisory only and didn't mean people wanted the county to actually pass a law. Sheriff Snyders says if anyone is caught carrying a firearm on them illegally in the county, they will be arrested and prosecuted and the state’s attorney has said the same thing.
“We have an ordinance that 68% of our constituents voted for in November. We put this issue before them plainly and they backed it overwhelmingly,” said Stephenson County Board Member, Chris Clukey.
The state’s concealed carry law was passed this summer and takes effect next year. The Illinois State is drawing up plans on how it will be implemented. Remember, state law trumps county law.