Clark County fights pending gun legislation on constitutional grounds
Clark County board members recently passed a resolution against gun-control legislation pending in Springfield.
The June 15 resolution outlined six specific bills in both the House and Senate chambers of the General Assembly. Three of the bills drew ire for allegedly violating the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits illegal search and seizure.
HB 1465 would require gun owners under the age of 21 to voluntarily give up their guns, whereas SB 2317 mandates relinquishing bump stocks and trigger cranks. HB 1469 would require turning in ammunition magazines and bans body armor.
The Clark County resolution claims those three laws would create “instant felons,” and only offer vague provisions on how or where to surrender the items.
According to the resolution, SB 337 “and trailer bills,” which would create gun licensing restrictions, would place unnecessary burdens on gun owners and dealers.
HB 2314 is problematic, according to the Clark County board, because it contradicts an earlier law regulating assault weapons at the state, rather than local, level. SB 3256 expands the waiting period to purchase a gun to include any firearm.
The resolution concluded with the following statement: “… the people of Clark 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.”