Remember that gun registration window that closed on December 31st? The governor hasn’t. Attorney Tom DeVore has reportedly heard from someone inside Team Pritzker that they’re exploring using a emergency executive order to seize those registered naughty guns in the aftermath of a mass public shooting event.
It fits neatly along side the leak GSL received last fall about the governor’s team working with legislators to draft a bill to “close the existing owner loophole” in the aftermath of a high-profile mass casualty incident. That bill would likely be introduced as a “gut and replace” amendment to a shell bill, then fast-tracked through the legislature in the dead of night, just like the Protect Illinois Communities Act bill in January 2023.
Here’s the story from WICS…
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — A Facebook post making the rounds is raising questions about the assault weapons ban registry and how the Governor might use it.
Thomas DeVore, an attorney with the Silver Lake Group, posted on Facebook that Governor Pritzker could issue an executive order declaring an emergency should there be another mass shooting. That post has been shared almost 450 times.
DeVore’s post says “His executive order would be that all owners of the banned weapons who are on the registry would have to turn them over to the government.” “He told us he heard this information from colleagues who “have the ability to understand what’s going on within the inner circles of legislative leaders and the governor’s office.”
DeVore could not tell us which colleagues he was referring to.
“It was a phone call that I had with them a couple of days before I made that post.” “The conversation developed, as I’ve been told is that the governor’s people have already drafted some language for an executive order under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act,” he said.
We reached out to the Governor’s office. They told us the post was “Unequivocally false”
The governor’s office might claim it’s “unequivocally false” it surely does sound very similar to the leak we received last fall.
Where there’s smoke there’s often fire. Or at least something smoldering.