Northern Illinois Sheriffs Say They Won’t Enforce Gun Registration Under New Ban – Shaw Local

Northern Illinois County sheriffs announced Wednesday that they will not enforce a new law that in part requires owners of semi-automatic firearms to register their guns with the state, arguing in nearly identical prepared statements that they believe the law is unconstitutional.

Most of the press releases were nearly identical, changing only the county and sheriff names.

DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Sullivan said the statements were drafted with the Illinois Sheriffs Association.

“As a prison warden and chief of law enforcement…[I] proclaim that neither I nor my office will check to ensure that legitimate gun owners register their guns with the state, and that we will not arrest or house law-abiding individuals who have been arrested solely for violating this law,” Sullivan said. statement read, which echoed nearly identical statements sent by nearly two dozen other agencies.

With every press release Shaw Local News Network received from 11 counties, each of them used almost verbatim the same language to say that the sheriffs apparently shared the belief that the gun law was a violation of second amendment to the US Constitution.

Sheriffs with nearly identical versions were: Carroll, DeKalb, Grundy, La Salle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago.

However, not everyone opposes the application.

In an independent statement released by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff John Idleburg said he supported the ban, saying a “weapon of war” was used after a gunman opened the door. fire during a 4th of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, killing seven people and injuring 30 others.

Highland Park is in Lake County.

“As a society, so many people have become desensitized to the mass shootings as we read about them almost every day,” Idleburg said in a statement. “I really hope this is the last mass shooting we experience before assault rifles are banned. Assault rifles are nothing more than killing machines, and they have no place in a civilized society. Although the intent of my message is not meant to be political, I believe the most important step that can be taken to minimize and prevent further carnage is to enact a total ban on assault rifles.

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain also released his own statement, saying he would not proactively enforce the law.

“If we come across a criminal or a person committing a crime in possession of extended capacity magazines or ‘assault’ rifles, we can use parts of the new law to impose additional charges,” Hain said. in a press release.

Governor JB Pritzker signed the law Tuesday, which gives gun owners a year before they must register those guns with the Illinois State Police.

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