By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2023
The State of Illinois continued its violations of the U.S. Constitution and passed a ban on so-called “Assault Weapons,” with Governor JB Pritzker signing the legislation this week.
The law bans the sale, manufacture, and possession of dozens of specific brands and types of semi-automatic rifles and handguns. It also caps the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines and bans “switches” that allow pistols to fire rounds automatically (already illegal). Further, the law “extends the ability of courts to prevent dangerous individuals from possessing a gun through firearm restraining orders.”
Of course, the Illinois liberals are magnanimous in their tyranny. They’ve decided that those possessing any so-called assault weapon will be allowed to keep them as part of a grandfather provision. Still, of course, they must register their guns with the police (for future confiscation.)
“This assault weapons ban is a step in the right direction to improve safety for Illinois’ families and law enforcement, but there’s no magic fix, no single law that will end gun violence once and for all. So, we must keep fighting, voting and protesting to ensure future generations will only have to read about massacres like Highland Park, Sandy Hook or Uvalde in their history books.” – JB Pritzker.
Now it’s time for the blowback: Many Illinois sheriffs have stated they will not enforce the ban. It appears that, unlike the state house and senate, these sheriffs took their oaths of office seriously.
In a letter posted to social media around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Logan County Sheriff Mark Landers said he believed the law violates the Second Amendment, which he has sworn to uphold.
“Therefore, as the custodian of the jail and chief law enforcement official for Logan County, … neither myself nor my office will be checking to ensure that lawful gun owners register their weapons with the State,” he wrote, “nor will we be arresting or housing law-abiding individuals that have been charged solely with non-compliance of this Act.”
Of course, tyrants like Pritzker aren’t going to allow this, and he has already started with threats to all sheriffs refusing to enforce this unconstitutional gun grab.
Pritzker stated that Illinois State Police would be responsible for enforcement.
“As are all law enforcement all across our state, and they will, in fact, do their job or they won’t be in their job,” Pritzker said.
Critics warn that court challenges will ultimately overturn the law as violating the 2nd Amendment. While Pritzker said he is confident the law will survive a legal challenge, Guns Save Life Executive Director John Boch said it is unconstitutional, and they will prove it in court.
“This thing is going to be blocked by sometime early February at the latest, and it’s gonna be done at that point,” Boch told WMAY. “There’s already Supreme Court precedent on this. There are already other states that have tried to do the same thing and have been shut down,” Boch said.
Boch said multiple gun-owners’ rights groups banded together to file numerous challenges in federal court as early as next week.
That’s all for now, folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There.”
Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism Counterstrategies, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, www.floridajolt.com, The Counterterrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Soldier of Fortune, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.