Channel 39, Fox TV in Rockford, has this story about a public hearing on Winnebago County Board member Randy Olson’s proposal to have the county sheriff deputize citizens so they can use handguns to protect themselves.
175 people packed the Veterans Memorial Hall.
The television station reported that most attending favored the measure.
State Rep. Dave Winters said it would send a message to Springfield.
The reporter said three out of four Democrats support the proposal.
Former Democratic Party Chairman Doug Aurand joined Olson in making the proposal.