The recent resolution approved by the Carroll County Board opposing "the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the Right to Bear Arms," as reported in the April 24-25 editions of the Carroll County Mirror-Democrat and Savanna Times-Journal, should be troubling to all Carroll County residents who believe in the rule of law.
Anarchy is defined as a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority. Legislators in Springfield are considering gun control measures with bill SB107. If passed, it would make it "unlawful for any person to knowingly possess an assault weapon 300 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, except possession of weapons registered with the Department of State Police in the time provided."
The Carroll County Board's resolution defies the authority of the Illinois legislature. Carroll County Sheriff Jeff Doran stated that he would not enforce "anything that is anti-constitution." Who knew that Sheriff Doran is also a Constitutional Law scholar?
What we do know is that the members of the Carroll County Board and Sheriff Doran swore oaths before taking office to "support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of .... to the best of my ability."
Bruce Malone, a member of the Madison County Board in Illinois, voted against a similar resolution last year. We agree with Mr. Malone who thinks "county officials are not empowered to interpret the constitutionality of state laws. That's what the courts do. In my mind, what we did here was all about politics. I don't want to take anyone's guns away, but why are we superseding the rule of law?"
Is the Carroll County Board's resolution "all about politics?" Have they, along with Sheriff Doran violated their oaths of office and overstepped their authority?
Did they consult with Carroll County State's Attorney Scott Brinkmeier in regards to civil liability for the county as a whole and of individual board members?
Or, did they just rush headlong in passing this resolution with board member Joe Payette who labeled it a "no-brainer"?
Ed and Lisa Leipus