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Iroquois County Resolution Opposing Gun Bills Passed

The Iroquois County Board has passed a resolution opposing the gun control legislation being discussed by the Illinois General Assembly.

The resolution opposes the passage of HB1465, HB 1467, HB1468, HB1469, SB1657, any trailer bill, or any bill similar too, or any bill where the 100th Illinois General Assembly desires to restrict the Individual right of US Citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution

The County of Iroquois firmly believes and supports the 2nd Amendment and strongly encourages other counties to join them in telling the Illinois General Assembly to stop infringing on the rights of the citizens.

Certified copies of this resolution will be sent to the Governor of Illinois and the Illinois General Assembly. A copy of the resolution is below:

 

WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms is guaranteed as an Individual Right under
the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and under the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and;

WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms for defense of Life, Liberty, and Property
is regarded as an Inalienable Right by the People of Iroquois County, Illinois, and:

WHEREAS, the People of Iroquois County, Illinois, derive economic benefit from all safe forms of
firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within Iroquois County using all types of firearms
allowable under the United States Constitution and;

WHEREAS, HB1465 is a violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution requiring responsible
persons under 21 to surrender lawfully owned firearms or face becoming instant felons; fails to define how to
relinquish firearms; only allows possession at Sparta shooting complex, but fails to provide similar exemptions
for recreational shooting at gun clubs, private ranges or under supervision of responsible adult or parent, unless
certified as a firearms instructor;

WHEREAS HB1467 is violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution requiring persons to
immediately relinquish lawfully owned bump stocks or trigger cranks, while also failing to provide where and
how to relinquish firearms devices, thus creating instant felons upon passage;

WHEREAS HB1468 contains broad and unclear definitions which will cause confusion amongst
firearm owners and dealers as to which type of firearm is subject to 72 hour wait period; bans nonresidents from
purchasing certain long guns defined loosely as assault weapons, puts dealers in jeopardy of unknowingly
violating the law;

WHEREAS HB1469 is violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution requiring persons to
immediately relinquish lawfully owned magazines, fails to provide how to properly relinquish banned
magazines, creates instant felons if enacted as written, creates conflicts allowing for sale to out of state persons
while stating possession is a felony, bans body armor worn as protection for those who employ the use of chain
saws, motorcyclists, range officers and firearm instructors, shop owners and employees who work in dangerous
neighborhoods or during night shifts;

WHEREAS SB1657 and trailer bills will create economic hardship on lawfully owned and operated,
small business firearm dealerships, in effect forcing them to close; will create undue burdens and price increases
on persons to lawfully purchase firearms; will have a direct negative impact on local economies thru job loss
and sales tax loss; will create another layer of burdensome government regulation on top of the heavy Federal
regulations; imposes new fees on top of existing Federal license fees;

WHEREAS, Iroquois County Board, being elected to represent the People of Iroquois County and
being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the
State of Illinois, and;

WHEREAS, the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate, being elected by the People
of the State of Illinois and being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution
and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and;

WHEREAS, The Governor of Illinois, being elected to represent the People of the State of Illinois and
being duly sworn by your Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the
State of Illinois, and;

WHEREAS, proposed legislation, any bills similar to, under consideration by the Illinois State
Legislature would infringe the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and would ban the possession and use of firearms,
magazines, body armor now employed by individual citizens of Iroquois County, Illinois, for defense of Life,
Liberty and Property and would ban the possession and use of firearms now employed for safe forms of
firearms recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within Iroquois County, Illinois;

WHEREAS, the proposed legislation potentially violates the 5th Amendment failing to provide just
compensation under the takings clause, 8th Amendment imposition against excessive fines and punishments on
law abiding citizens by punitive forfeiture/relinquishment of lawfully owned property, and Ex Post Facto Law
Clause of the United States Constitution.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT BE AND IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the People of Iroquois County,
Illinois, do hereby oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the Right of the People to
keep and bear arms and consider such laws to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful Legislative Authority.

BE IT FURTHER RESOVLED, that the Iroquois County Board demands that the Illinois General
Assembly cease further actions restricting the Right of the People to keep and bear arms, and hereby demand
that the Governor of Illinois veto all such legislation which restricts the Right of the People to keep and bear
arms.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of Iroquois County is hereby directed to prepare and
deliver certified copies of this Resolution to all members of the Illinois General Assembly and to the Office of
the Governor.