Stephenson County Board Members Push Back Vote on Controversial Gun Ordinance

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STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) – The Stephenson County Board decided to push back a vote that would rescind a controversial gun ordinance originally passed in July until next Thursday.

The ordinance is in support of constitutional carry and as it’s written allows people in the county to carry any type of firearm they like. Supporters say they passed the law to allow people the right to exercise their second amendment right. The opposition which includes board members, the county sheriff, and the county state’s attorney all say the ordinance attempts to trump state law which a county law simply cannot do.

Both sides seem to agree that the ordinance probably doesn’t have enough votes to make it through next Thursday’s meeting.

Stephenson County State’s Attorney John Vogt and Sheriff David Snyders say they will charge and prosecute any who violates the state’s firearm carry law because that’s the law they have to follow and are encouraging those in Stephenson County to simply wait until the state conceal carry law takes effect early next year.


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