Sheriffs in 80 Illinois counties will not enforce the ban on “assault weapons.”


Sheriffs in 80 Illinois counties are making it clear they will not enforce the ban on “assault weapons.” Democrat Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Tuesday.

Breitbart News reported that the “assault weapons” ban targets general-owned semiautomatic rifles and requires those who already own such rifles to register them with the Illinois State Police.

Pritzker’s office issued a statement following his signing of the bill. It highlighted the registration requirement: “The new law also requires existing owners of semi-automatic rifles to register their ownership so law enforcement knows where these weapons of war are located and who should be held accountable if they fall into the wrong hands.”

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Edwards County Sheriff Darby Boewe quickly made it clear that he will not enforce the ban.

Gov. JB Pritzker (D) hugs gun control attorney Maria Pike after he signed comprehensive legislation to ban military-style firearms at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, IL on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (Brian Cassella/TBEN via TBEN)

Boewe released a statement that said, among other things:

Part of my duties that I accepted when I was sworn in was to protect the rights granted to all of us in the Constitution. One of those enumerated rights is the right of the people to KEEP and CARRY ARMS provided under the 2nd Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms in defense of life, liberty and property is regarded by the people as an inalienable right.

He referred to the ban on semi-automatic rifles as “a clear violation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

On January 14, 2023, the Lake & McHenry County Scanner reported that 79 other Illinois sheriffs have taken a position similar to Boewe’s, refusing to enforce the “assault weapons” ban.

This means sheriffs in 80 of Illinois’ 102 counties won’t enforce compliance with Pritzker’s gun ban.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins has a Ph.D. in military history, with a focus on the Vietnam War (Brown Water Navy), the United States Navy since its inception, the Civil War, and early modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at [email protected]