In a move that has many gun owners up in arms, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Protect Illinois Communities Act into law last week. The act bans the manufacture and ownership of high-capacity ammunition magazines and firearms labeled as “assault weapons,” and has already been met with criticism from sheriffs across the state who have voted not to enforce the policy.
Despite this criticism, Governor Pritzker claims that the new law will help curb gun violence in the state, particularly in the wake of the tragedy in Highland Park last July. However, many Second Amendment supporters are not convinced that the ban will have any effect on the crime rate, and have called it a violation of their constitutional rights.
The National Rifle Association’s Lars Dalseide was quick to condemn the ban, telling Fox News Digital that it does nothing to reduce violent crime. He’s not alone in his condemnation either, with over seventy Illinois sheriffs refusing to enforce the law on their respective communities.
Sheriff Darby Boewe of Edwards County is one of the many who have taken a stand against the ban. In a Facebook post, he said, “Part of my duties that I accepted upon being sworn into office was to protect the rights provided to all of us, in the Constitution. One of those rights enumerated is the right of the people to KEEP and BEAR ARMS provided under the 2nd Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms for defense of life, liberty and property is regarded as an inalienable right by the people.”
Governor Pritzker has dismissed the protests of these sheriffs as “political grandstanding,” but the fact remains that many of his constituents feel that the Protect Illinois Communities Act is a direct violation of their Second Amendment rights.
“This is political grandstanding at its worst. The assault weapons ban is the law of Illinois,” Pritzker’s office said on Monday. “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.”