Sheriffs in 80 Illinois counties do not enforce “assault weapons” bans.

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Sheriffs in Illinois’ 80 counties said Tuesday they will not enforce the “assault weapons” ban signed into law by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Breitbart News reported that the “assault weapons” ban would target semi-automatic rifles in general and require people who own such guns to register them with the Illinois State Police.

Pritzker’s office released a statement as he signed the bill into law. He emphasized the registration requirement: “The new law also requires current owners of semi-automatic weapons to register their ownership, ensuring that law enforcement knows where these weapons of war are located and who should be held responsible if they fall into the wrong hands.

Edwards County Sheriff Darby Bowe was quick to clarify that the ban would not be enforced.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker (R) speaks at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. embraced gun control advocate Maria Pike after signing sweeping legislation banning “military-style” firearms. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Boewe released a statement that read in part:

Part of the responsibilities I assumed after taking the oath was to protect the rights granted to us all in the Constitution. One of these enumerated rights is the 2nd Amendment right of individuals to KEEP and SHOOT A GUN. People consider the right to keep and bear arms to protect their life, liberty and property as an inalienable right.

He called the ban on semi-automatic rifles “a clear violation of the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

On January 14, 2023, the Lake & McHenry County Scanner reported that 79 other Illinois sheriffs had taken a similar stance to Bowe’s, rejecting the “assault weapons” ban.

That means sheriffs in 80 of Illinois’ 102 counties are not enforcing Pritzker’s gun bans.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and co-author/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is a political analyst for American radio and a US ambassador for Turning Point. AWR Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in military history to the Vietnam War (Brown Water Fleet), the United States Navy, the Civil War, and since the beginning of modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up for the low range at breitbart.com/downrange. Contact him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

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