Tazewell County Board members are agonizing about whether and how to show support for gun-ownership rights. But a similar, recent effort approved in a neighboring county revealed little angst, it appears.

"Nothing was really debated," Woodford County Board Chairman Stan Glazier said about a gun-rights resolution there. "Really, there was virtually no discussion or concern about anything that was in it."

Discussion in Tazewell County probably will take place during the board meeting Wednesday night. The board is expected to determine what approach it should take regarding disdain of potential state action that might restrict some forms of firearms ownership.

The board might approve a resolution that supports the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which addresses individuals' gun rights. Or the board might suggest the issue be put to voters in a referendum in November.

The resolution the board is considering states Tazewell County would be a sanctuary for firearms, and its employees would be directed not to enforce state laws deemed unconstitutional.

Although not binding legally, those aspects troubled some board members.

"I'm willing to support a resolution," board Chairman David Zimmerman said. "I'm just not a fan of the word 'sanctuary,' because of the connotations of that."

Zimmerman was referring to sanctuary-city policies that limit how much local law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration officials.

"I'm a gun owner, but I have a real problem directing our employees to not enforce a law that's been passed," Tazewell Board member Sue Sundell said.

The sanctuary-county and enforcement wording is almost identical in the resolution the Woodford County Board approved last week. That didn't appear to faze Glazier or the other board members.

"I thought it was maybe a little lengthy and maybe some of it was unnecessary, but as a general principle, I'm in support of it," Glazier said about the three-page, 17-paragraph resolution.

The Woodford resolution refers to specific legislative bills that would ban bump-stock devices and increase minimum age and waiting periods for gun purchases.

The Tazewell version is briefer, not as specific and needs refinement, according to some board members. Tweaks might be made in time for board members to consider Wednesday night.

A gun-rights advocate, Pekin-based financial adviser Scott Plotner, is the primary author of the Tazewell resolution. Woodford Board members Jason Jording and Blake Parsons did most of the legwork on that county's resolution, Glazier said.

Both resolutions appear to borrow heavily from one the Effingham County Board approved in April. It was among the first Illinois counties to do so. At least 20 others, all in rural areas, have approved or considered resolutions.

"This is a way we can tell the state we're still an independent body," said Tazewell Board member Brett Grimm, who opposes a referendum. "It stands up a little bit against some of the things the state does."

Glazier said he's heard no negative resolution response from his constituents. Whether a board-approved resolution affects the public debate about gun rights is another question.

"Maybe it would have had more meaning if we put it as a referendum and had the public weigh in and it came in with a 98-percent approval rating," Glazier said. "That would have had more teeth, but that didn't happen.

"It's just symbolism, really, is all it is. In today's world, everybody's looking for something."