When the General Assembly passed an Assault Weapons ban in the early January Lame Duck session, over 80 sheriff’s joined together claiming they won’t enforce the law.
One of them, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, doesn’t mince words.
The ban prohibits the sale of firearms holding more than 15 rounds, or a long-barrel rifle holding more than ten rounds. If purchased before the bill became law, all owners must register the weapon with their FOID card.
Sheriff Kettelkamp claims there’s no need for this law in Christian County. He says he sees very little gun violence in his jurisdiction.
Sheriff Kettelkamp says that he believes the law only hurts lawful gun owners.
He adds that his office will still enforce certain gun laws.
The Protect Illinois Communities Act is facing legal challenges with over 800 plaintiffs joining in the lawsuit against the new law.
Governor JB Pritzker has called the statewide resistance, “Political Grandstanding.”
Sheriff Kettelkamp appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.