Yesterday, we noted that over thirty Illinois sheriffs had publicly told Illinois’ illustrious Gov. J.B. Pritzker they refuse to enforce the new gun ban and registration bill he so gleefully signed into law. The effort reached critical mass as by the end of the day with ninety sheriffs, state’s attorneys and county boards communicating the same message.
Suddenly what J.B. might have thought would be a pillar of a possible presidential campaign announcement has morphed into a political embarrassment.
Far from being a statesman or effective executive destined for national office, Pritzker suddenly looks weak and impotent in the face of widespread resistance from county sheriffs—of both parties.
48 hours after the Illinois “assault weapon” and magazine ban bill was signed: https://t.co/GmcBwnaxUt
— Rob Romano (@2Aupdates) January 13, 2023
Many of these sheriffs have the full support of their local state’s attorneys and county boards as well.
Capitol News Illinois has the (almost) latest . . .
Dozens of county sheriffs in Illinois — approximately “80-ish,” per Illinois Sheriffs’ Association head Jim Kaitschuck — say they’ll refuse to enforce a provision of a new assault weapons ban that would require owners of such guns to register them with the state.
In the wake of Gov. JB Pritzker’s signature Tuesday on the law banning the sale and manufacture of assault weapons in Illinois, many sheriffs have written nearly identical letters expressing their unwillingness to enforce the law’s requirement for registering assault-style weapons with the state.
Beginning next year, a gun owner’s failure to provide the state police with the serial numbers for assault-style rifles they own prior to Jan. 1, 2024, will be a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in prison. The degree of charges could increase based on the number of unregistered guns.
Two or more prohibited guns would be a Class 3 felony (3-5 years in prison), so that’s nice. And when gun owners find out just how many guns are actually covered by this thing — including virtually all semi-auto shotguns (think clay shooters) — even Illinois’ most ardent FUDDs may see the light.
But Kaitschuck contended it would be impossible for local sheriffs to know who in their county owns assault weapons if those gun owners don’t voluntarily comply with the law, suggesting it would be ridiculous to go door-to-door to find out.
“We have no inventory of guns bought and sold that are available to local sheriffs,” Kaitschuck said of information partially available to the Illinois State Police. “We don’t have access to it — and I’m not asking for it either, by the way.”
That sheriff is one smart cookie.
On the other end of the spectrum is Champaign County Sheriff Dustin Heuermann.
via WCIA . . .
With dozens of sheriffs speaking out against the controversial assault weapons ban, at least one central Illinois sheriff said his department will enforce it.
Champaign County Sheriff Dustin Heuerman said he won’t weigh in on the constitutionality of a law.
“We will always follow the law until if and when a law is found unconstitutional,” Heuerman said. “It isn’t our job to interpret a law as unconstitutional – that is the court’s job.”
Lake County’s 4-star sheriff is saying the same thing.
From the Lake McHenry Scanner . . .
The Lake County sheriff says he strongly backs Illinois’ newly signed law banning “assault weapons” and called semi-automatic rifles “nothing more than killing machines.”
Pritzker’s response to all the pushback has been to threaten “consequences.” From NBC5 Chicago . . .
In a statement, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office called the messages “political grandstanding at its worst,” and said that sheriffs and departments that refuse to enforce the ban are “in violation of their oath of office.”
“The assault weapons ban is the law of Illinois. The General Assembly passed the bill and the governor signed it into law to protect children in schools, worshippers at church and families at parades from the fear of sudden mass murder,” a spokesperson said. “Sheriffs have a constitutional duty to uphold the laws of the state, not pick and choose which laws they support and when…”
“Anybody who doesn’t comply, there are consequences for that,” he said. “You don’t get to choose which laws you comply with in the state of Illinois. The State Police is responsible for enforcement, as are all law enforcement all across this state. They will, in fact, do their job or they won’t be in their job.”
“You don’t get to choose which laws you comply with in the state of Illinois,” Pritzker said. That’s rich for a guy who routinely ignores federal immigration laws.
From the State Journal-Register last year . . .
Illinois will effectively end immigrant detention and further restrict local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law Monday.
The new law targets local government agreements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement allowing jails to house immigrant detainees awaiting court hearings. Current contracts must end by January 2022 and new agreements are prohibited.
And more recently . . .
Illinois has always been a state that welcomes refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers with dignity and respect, and we’re proud to continue that tradition. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/Fnd85TpvLE
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) September 1, 2022
We’ll see who bears the consequences of passage of this blatantly unconstitutional law.