Since we published our 02/05/2020 Map, we have been able to catch up on many counties that previously we were not able to find substantiated information on. If you were not aware, one of our main directives when publishing these maps has been to only add counties for which we can verify that they have declared Sanctuary County status (or some semblance thereof). It would be much easier to just use the maps we see other people publishing and add all of their counties to our own map, but we want to present accurate information to you, which requires verification.
Generally, this verification takes the shape of a link to a news article, a link to the meeting minutes of a board meeting, a picture of a signed resolution or even a link to a live stream of the event. For this reason, we sometimes will not have counties reflected on our map that have already declared Sanctuary County status. This was primarily the case in Kentucky.
Thankfully Brett, a follower of our work, decided to pitch in and track down a few resolutions for us and we also dug in and tracked down some news articles and now have Kentucky looking a lot greener than it once did. If there are still counties missing, please feel free to let us know by commenting below with a link to something that verifies the status of your county or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New County Posts
As we verify each county, we have been adding those verifications as posts here on the site. In the past few months, we have added more than 400 blog posts verifying Sanctuary County status to our site. Often, these are simply links to news articles where we found verification, but you can comb through our records to find your county if you like. It can actually be looked at as somewhat of a historical record of the Sanctuary Counties movement. If you’d like to take a look at the massive amount of work we’ve done, please visit this page: http://sanctuarycounties.com/category/states/.
We also made some retractions in Illinois until we have better confirmation source material to be able to double confirm their counties. I will explain a bit about what happened with Illinois below, but for now let’s review the changes to the map.
New Map Breakdown
Here is the breakdown of map additions and retractions, along with links to pages where you can take a look at all of the new associated posts that we’ve put up on the website to verify them:
- 1 PA – Pennsylvania
- 8 GA – Georgia
- 6 IN – Indiana
- 3 AZ – Arizona
- 11 NC – North Carolina
- 3 FL – Florida
- 6 TX – Texas
- 6 WV – West Virginia
- 29 KY – Kentucky*
- 1 MS – Mississippi
- 1 MI – Michigan
- 1 OH – Ohio
- -23 IL – Illinois
This bring the total to 864 of 3141(Counties, Boroughs, Parishes and Independent Cities), this number includes the 4 states who have passed Act’s protecting the second amendment.
*Note – the reason that Kentucky’s number is so high is because we backdated counties that we had missed previously. These aren’t all newly declared counties. Just ones that weren’t already on our map.
I take the blame on jumping ahead in the Illinois state map portion. I had found a single source that seemed to be the most recent that was available and used it. Unfortunately, the data was not matching up to what was being presented through a more in depth research of each county’s verification.
We try to give you the most accurate, data-backed map possible, so we have been forced to retract those counties until we get better underlying data. I reached out to a contributor to Guns Rights Watch (which is an amazing website, by the way) to see if they were going to be updating Illinois’ map and I was told they are working on it.
If you have information that would help us verify more counties in Illinois, please feel free to reach out to us by commenting below or emailing us at email@example.com. Also, please review above the description of the verification information we require in order to add a county to the map and try to include it when you contact us.
Finally a big thank you to all of the patriots who have been following the work we are doing here and sharing it on social media. This really is a lot of work, and honestly, we’re just a few Veterans working on gathering this information in our spare time to keep you all up to date. If any of you would like to volunteer to work with us, just reach out. We’d be happy for any assistance. Thank you all so much!