The big guy – J.B. Pritzker – is not happy with 33 Illinois sheriffs (and counting) who have released statements in opposition to HB5471 that Pritzker signed into law Tuesday evening. The sheriffs, apparently working off a template furnished by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, have said they aren’t going to enforce HB5471’s gun and magazine bans, or the gun registration requirements.
Pritzker calls their statements “political grandstanding” which is pretty rich for a guy who regular grandstands on everything from ignoring federal immigration law to investigating the discovery of an alleged noose on the Obama Presidential Library construction site.
Yes, blacks get slaughtered in black-on-black violence in Chicago every weekend, including six on New Year’s Day, but that barely gets a mention from Gov. Jelly Bean. But someone supposedly finding a noose on a construction site and J.B. is Johnny on the Spot, offering to provide every resource the State of Illinois has to find the culprit.
I condemn this act of hate in the strongest possible terms, and the state of Illinois will make all needed resources available to help catch the perpetrators.— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) November 10, 2022
As potential legal fights percolate over Illinois’ new assault weapons ban, law enforcement officials in several counties have said that their departments will not enforce provisions of the bill that require existing weapons to be registered with the State Police.
Their arguments center around their stance that the bill, which makes it illegal for Illinois residents to purchase, transfer or manufacture assault weapons and extended magazines, violates the Second Amendment.
McHenry County Sheriff Robb Tadelman was one of numerous law enforcement officials throughout the state who shared messages on social media in the aftermath of the bill’s passage.
“Neither myself nor my office will be checking to ensure that lawful gun owners register their weapons with the state, nor will we be arresting or housing law abiding individuals that have been charged solely with non-compliance with this act,” he said.
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.”
And JB Pritzker on ignoring federal immigration laws…
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
Way to go champ. Bless your heart.