Has it occurred to you why the Illinois State Police is all bark and no bite on the new gun ban passed into law on January 10th? When it comes to citing gun shops for receiving banned guns and magazines, the ISP have conspicuously chosen not to make any arrests or taken any other enforcement actions. What’s more, they haven’t really hassled any purchasers, let alone made any arrests.
There are some outstanding people working at the Illinois State Police. A majority of their front-line staff, including road troopers and investigators are good and decent people. They put their pants on just like you and me.
At the same time, the leadership of ISP serves at the pleasure of Governor JB Pritzker. As such, they toe the line and tell their senior staff to do the same. Think of the ISP Director as Prizker’s mouthpiece. Know that the public announcements and press releases are carefully worded and probably approved by Pritzker’s people.
Why no enforcement? Simple, really.
On March 3rd, a court in Macon County, IL adjudicated the gun ban unconstitutional.
No cop in Illinois in his or her right mind will throw their qualified immunity into the shredder by making an arrest for an offense tied to a law that’s been adjudicated null and void by a court of law with proper jurisdiction.
We anticipate the ISP’s reticence about enforcing the gun ban will evaporate when the Illinois Supreme Court reverses the Macon County decision striking down the law in state court in the coming weeks.